Greater public confidence in the US Supreme Court predicts more jurisdiction Stripping Academic Article uri icon


  • AbstractA growing body of empirical research shows an association between public support for the US Supreme Court and both judicial independence and congressional court curbing activity. At the same time, studies of jurisdiction stripping show Congress efforts to limit federal courts jurisdiction are principally related to courts workloads rather than ideological differences between courts and Congress. Here, the authors connect these streams of inquiry by testing the hypothesis of a negative relationship between public support for the Supreme Court and jurisdiction-stripping legislation. Contrary to prior studies, the authors find a positive relationship between Americans confidence in the Supreme Court and jurisdiction stripping. This result indicates the need for additional research on the interactions among public opinion, federal courts, and Congress.

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  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Ura, J. D., & Wohlfarth, P. C.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Ura, Joseph Daniel||Wohlfarth, Patrick C

publication date

  • April 2022