Setting a judicial agenda: The decision to grant en banc review in the U.S. Courts of Appeals

Micheal W. Giles, Thomas G. Walker, Christopher Jon Zorn

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Abstract

Agenda setting has received only modest attention in studies of the judiciary. This reflects the limited control most courts exercise over the cases they hear. We analyze the influence of ideological and legal factors on the grant of en banc rehearing in the U.S. Courts of Appeals - one of the few instances of agenda control in the lower federal courts. Unlike previous research, we examine multiple decision points in the agenda-setting process. Our results indicate that the influence of attitudinal and legal factors varies across decision points revealing a complexity obscured in previous work. Our research underscores the importance of treating agenda setting as a process rather than as a single decision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)852-866
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Politics
Volume68
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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