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Taking the law to court: citizen suits and the legislative process

Dumas, Marion (2017) Taking the law to court: citizen suits and the legislative process. American Journal of Political Science, 61 (4). pp. 944-957. ISSN 0092-5853

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Identification Number: 10.1111/ajps.12302

Abstract

The institution of citizen suits is a decentralized form of public participation that allows citizens to influence the implementation of public laws in courts. How does this institution influence policymaking? This article proposes a model of citizen suits. It then analyzes how this institution influences legislative decisions. The legislature bargains to choose the budget, distributive spending, and spending on an ideologically contested public good (e.g., health care or environmental protection). I find that citizen suits enable courts to forge a compromise between opponents and proponents of the public good by responding to the diverse claims of citizens. Anticipating the mobilization of citizens in courts, legislators in turn craft more socially efficient bills, with less distributive spending, which better represent the distribution of preferences for the public good compared to when citizens have no role in the implementation of legislation.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/15405907
Additional Information: © 2017 Midwest Political Science Association
Divisions: Grantham Research Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Date Deposited: 21 May 2018 10:23
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 12:25
Funders: Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellows Program
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/88023

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