Law clerk ideology and the principal-agent problem

Orin Kerr writing at The Volokh Conspiracy: “I think the ideology of law clerks roughly matches that of the Justices because the Justices are trying to solve the principal-agent problem . . . Supreme Court Justices solve the principal/agent problem by tending to hire law clerks who generally agree with their bosses’ views of the law. That agreement gives the Justices more confidence that their law clerks will be faithful agents without the Justices having to engage in costly monitoring of law clerk performance.”