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
Date Written: June, 10 2009
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
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