Scholarship highlight: can the Court change Americans’ views?

Katerina Linos and Kim Twist write for SCOTUSblog, March 7, 2013

These findings suggest that the Supreme Court can lead American opinion and contribute significantly to processes of social change. The Court’s ability to shape the views of independent voters is especially noteworthy, as these are often the swing voters critical to election outcomes. That said, powerful dissents can greatly limit the Court’s influence.