State Court Strategies and Politics during the Appropriations Process

Public Budgeting and Finance, Vol. 21, pp. 35-57, Spring 2001

23 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2009

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James W. Douglas

University of South Carolina

Roger E. Hartley

University of Baltimore

Date Written: June, 10 2009

Abstract

This article explores state court budgetary strategies and their effectiveness in the appropriations process as perceived by key budgeting actors. In general, we find evidence of state judiciaries that try to remain “above politics” when dealing with budget issues. The most important strategies to this effect include submitting realistic requests, providing documentation to support needs, and not using budget “weapons” at their disposal (e.g., writs of mandamus). However, the survey results do indicate that state judiciaries use certain strategies that have a more political tint, such as lobbying by court officials.

Keywords: state courts, budget politics, budget strategies, lobbying, court administration

Suggested Citation

Douglas, James W. and Hartley, Roger E., State Court Strategies and Politics during the Appropriations Process (June, 10 2009). Public Budgeting and Finance, Vol. 21, pp. 35-57, Spring 2001, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1417542

James W. Douglas

University of South Carolina ( email )

Government and International Studies
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United States
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Roger E. Hartley (Contact Author)

University of Baltimore ( email )

Baltimore, MD 21214
United States
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