Litigation as a Mechanism of Problem Recognition in the Case of Big Tobacco

Cynthia V. Caravelis, Florida State University

An issue is often not considered a problem until a remedy is sought. In the past four decades, we have experienced a proliferation of litigation used to establish a remedy in cases where the legislature has hesitated to respond to an issue. Litigation increasingly has been used as a tool of problem recognition to this end. Utilizing the framework in Stone's Causal Processes and Kingdon's concepts of policy formation, this paper examines the tools implemented by the state in the successful prosecution of Big Tobacco

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