In Public Reaction to Supreme Court Decisions, Valerie Hoekstra looks at reactions to Supreme Court decisions in the local communities where the controversies began. She finds considerable media coverage of these cases and a highly informed local populace. While the rulings did not have a significant impact on how citizens felt about the issues in these cases, the rulings did have an important effect on how citizens felt about the Court. The evidence Hoekstra uses comes from a series of two-wave panel studies conducted prior to and following the Supreme Court's decisions. This book provides important insights into how the public learns about Supreme Court decisions and how support for the Court is incrementally gained and lost as it announces its decisions.
Valerie J. Hoekstra is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Arizona State University. She was previously an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Fellow in the Center in Political Economy at Washington University in St. Louis. Hoekstra has published articles in American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, and American Politics Quarterly.