Information Provision, Organizational Constraints, and the Decision to Submit an Amicus Curiae Brief in a U.S. Supreme Court Case

  title={Information Provision, Organizational Constraints, and the Decision to Submit an Amicus Curiae Brief in a U.S. Supreme Court Case},
  author={Thomas G. Hansford},
  journal={Political Research Quarterly (formerly WPQ)},
  pages={219 - 230}
  • Thomas G. Hansford
  • Published 2004
  • Political Science
  • Political Research Quarterly (formerly WPQ)
How do organized interests select the Supreme Court cases in which to file amicus curiae briefs? Starting with the assumption that organized interests pursue policy influence, I argue that an organized interest will submit amicus curiae briefs in the cases that provide the greatest opportunity for the interest to influence the content of the majority opinion. Membership-based interests, however, will also have to consider the effect of their case-selection decisions on their ability to attract… Expand

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