Deciding to Decide Agenda Setting in the United States Supreme Court

ISBN-10: 0674194438
ISBN-13: 9780674194434
Edition: 1991
Authors: H. W. Perry
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Description: Of the nearly five thousand cases presented to the Supreme Court each year, less than 5 percent are granted review. How the Court sets its agenda, therefore, is perhaps as important as how it decides cases. H. W. Perry, Jr. , takes the first hard  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.50
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/15/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Of the nearly five thousand cases presented to the Supreme Court each year, less than 5 percent are granted review. How the Court sets its agenda, therefore, is perhaps as important as how it decides cases. H. W. Perry, Jr. , takes the first hard look at the internal workings of the Supreme Court, illuminating its agenda-setting policies, procedures, and priorities as never before. He conveys a wealth of new information in clear prose and integrates insights he gathered in unprecedented interviews with five justices. For this unique study Perry also interviewed four U.S. solicitors general, several deputy solicitors general, seven judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and sixty-four former Supreme Court law clerks. The clerks and justices spoke frankly with Perry, and his skillful analysis of their responses is the mainspring of this book. His engaging report demystifies the Court, bringing it vividly to life for general readers--as well as political scientists and a wide spectrum of readers throughout the legal profession. Perry not only provides previously unpublished information on how the Court operates but also gives us a new way of thinking about the institution. Among his contributions is a decision-making model that is more convincing and persuasive than the standard model for explaining judicial behavior.

Introduction
Jurisdiction and Procedure
The Internal Process
Special Situations
Indices and Signals
Bargaining, Negotiation, and Accommodation
Strategy
Certworthiness
A Decision Model
Conclusion
Appendix: An Extended Discussion of Jurisdiction
Index

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