Poster Session D060-010: Poster Group: Policy and Process in State Courts

37 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2014

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Robert M. Howard

Georgia State University

Shane Gleason

Southern Illinois University - Political Science

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

Studies of state supreme courts recognize the policy making role of state courts, but often assume the decisions made by each court are independent of all other peer courts. While it is true that courts are independent from each other in the sense that they are not bound by the precedent of their peers (Caldeira, 1985) and that individual court level attributes, such as ideology and institutional design, influence decisions and policy; a growing body of literature stresses political actors, such as legislators, interest groups, and other political actors, are interdependent and make decisions based on the attributes and actions of their peers, as well as their individual level factors (Box-Steffensmeier and Christenson, 2014; Comparato and Gleason, 2013; Fowler and Jeon, 2008;). This inter-connected framework stresses interactions between actors is governed not just by individual level characteristics, but also the similarities and differences of actors.

Suggested Citation

Howard, Robert Matthew and Gleason, Shane, Poster Session D060-010: Poster Group: Policy and Process in State Courts (2014). APSA 2014 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2454314

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Shane Gleason

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