Chief Justice Roberts and the Salience of Issues Before the Modern Supreme Court

Whisenant, Anna (2016) Chief Justice Roberts and the Salience of Issues Before the Modern Supreme Court. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Douglas Rice from Political Science, University of Mississippi.

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This thesis studies whether the Roberts Court has been hearing more important issues than the Warren, Burger or Rehnquist Courts. I operationalize important issues as pre-decision salience and measure mentions of cases in the first section of two newspapers. The research shows that the Roberts Court has been hearing more important issues than the other modern Courts. I reason that the Roberts Court has been hearing more important issues because interest groups and individuals are turning to the Court to make policy. Because the Court is becoming a more important policymaking institution, scrutiny of the Supreme Court will increase.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Constitutional Law, Supreme Court
Creators: Whisenant, Anna
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy Leadership
Thesis Advisor: Douglas Rice
Thesis Advisor's Department: Political Science
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Depositing User: Anna Whisenant
Date Deposited: 12 May 2016 18:19
Last Modified: 12 May 2016 18:19
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/504

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