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
Date Written: 2005
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
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