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When Issue Salience Affects Adjudication: Evidence from Swiss Asylum Appeal Decisions
Immigration is a top concern among citizens across the globe. Research shows that the salience of immigration shapes voters' political behavior, but little is known about whether it influences judicial behavior. This article theorizes that variation in issue salience influences judges' behavior when there is a clear connection between the legal and a generally salient, politicized issue. I test this argument drawing on all Swiss asylum appeal decisions reached between 2007 and 2015. I find thatdoi:10.5167/uzh-212771 fatcat:bm6l77zpz5g7dcl2tztiho3uqa