Faculty Publications

Title

Getting attention: The effect of legal mobilization on the U.S. supreme court's attention to issues

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Agenda setting, Interest groups, Legal mobilization, Salient decisions, U.S. Supreme Court

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Political Research Quarterly

Volume

60

Issue

3

First Page

561

Last Page

572

Abstract

This article asks two questions stemming from a conflict in the literature on the U.S. Supreme Court's attention to issues: (1) Are levels of legal mobilization explained by salient Court decisions? (2) Is the Court's level of attention explained by levels of legal mobilization? To answer them, the author tests hypotheses from the public policy and public law literature on data from seven specific issue areas. The author finds that levels of legal mobilization cannot be explained by past salient decisions of the Court but finds some evidence that changes in the Court's levels of attention are explained by levels of mobilization. © 2007 University of Utah.

Original Publication Date

9-1-2007

DOI of published version

10.1177/1065912907304152

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