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Organized Interests and Agenda Setting in the U.S. Supreme Court Revisited


Gregory Caldeira


Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Political Science

John R. Wright


Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Political Science

Christopher J. Zorn


Pennsylvania State University

July 15, 2012

7th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper

Abstract:     
We reevaluate the influence of amici curiae on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to grant certiorari. Using expanded data on four representative Court terms, we find that at the same time that the number of amicus filings on certiorari have grown -- and perhaps owing to it -- the influence of those briefs on the probability of the Court granting certiorari has steadily declined between 1968 and 2007. In addition, we find that the positive influence of briefs in opposition to certiorari noted in some earlier work appears to be an artifact of a particular Term. Among other things, these findings hold implications for the extent to which case selection effects might bias empirical scholarship on the Supreme Court.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 16

Keywords: Supreme Court, certiorari, agenda-setting, amici curiae, judicial politics

JEL Classification: K49

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Date posted: July 17, 2012  

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Caldeira, Gregory and Wright, John R. and Zorn, Christopher J., Organized Interests and Agenda Setting in the U.S. Supreme Court Revisited (July 15, 2012). 7th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2109497 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2109497

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Gregory A. Caldeira
Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Political Science ( email )
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Columbus, OH 43210-1373
United States
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John (Jack) R. Wright
Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Political Science ( email )
Columbus, OH 43210
United States
Christopher J. Zorn (Contact Author)
Pennsylvania State University ( email )
University Park
State College, PA 16802
United States
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