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Case Salience and Media Coverage of Supreme Court Decisions: Toward a New Measure

Todd A. Collins and Christopher A. Cooper
Political Research Quarterly
Vol. 65, No. 2 (JUNE 2012), pp. 396-407
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc. on behalf of the University of Utah
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41635242
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Abstract

Judicial behavior is contingent on case salience. Unfortunately, existing measures of case salience have met with some skepticism. After discussing the characteristics of an ideal measure of salience, the authors construct a new measure of case salience. This new measure expands on prior studies by examining coverage in four diverse newspapers and includes coverage anywhere in the paper, instead of concentrating on front-page coverage only. By developing this new measure, the authors uncover patterns about national media coverage of the Court and provide a potentially more useful measure of case salience.

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