Agenda Setting, Issue Priorities and Organizational Maintenance: The U.S. Supreme Court, 1955 to 1994

British Journal of Political Science, Vol. 35, p. 369, 2005

Posted: 4 May 2005 Last revised: 20 Jan 2015

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Jeff Yates

Binghamton University - Department of Political Science

Andrew B. Whitford

University of Georgia - Department of Public Administration and Policy

William Gillespie

Kennesaw State University

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

In this study, we examine agenda setting by the U.S. Supreme Court, and ask the question of why the Court allocates more or less of its valuable agenda space to one policy issue over others. Our study environment is the policy issue composition of the Court's docket: the Court's attention to criminal justice policy issues relative to other issues. We model the Court's allocation of this agenda space as a function of internal organizational demands and external political signals. We find that this agenda responds to the issue priorities of the other branches of the federal government and the public. We also find that the Court's internal ideological balance influences issue prioritization. In contrast, organizational maintenance considerations have no impact on the Court's allocation of its agenda.

Keywords: law, legal, economic, agenda, supreme court, issue, criminal, political, congress, president

Suggested Citation

Yates, Jeff L. and Whitford, Andrew B. and Gillespie, William, Agenda Setting, Issue Priorities and Organizational Maintenance: The U.S. Supreme Court, 1955 to 1994 (2005). British Journal of Political Science, Vol. 35, p. 369, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=711852

Jeff L. Yates (Contact Author)

Binghamton University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Binghamton, NY 13902
United States

Andrew B. Whitford

University of Georgia - Department of Public Administration and Policy ( email )

Athens, GA 30602
United States
706-542-2898 (Phone)
706-583-0610 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://andrewwhitford.com

William Gillespie

Kennesaw State University ( email )

1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144
United States

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