Arenas in which coalitions compete to have decision-making moved to, because they perceive they are more likely to win/more able to slow things down/less likely to lose.
Might be courts, might be legislatures, might be up to a Federal level, or down to a State level. Trying to choose the battleground, basically…
‘institutional locations where authoritative decisions are made’ (Baumgartner and Jones, 2009:32)
“are institutional arenas where decisions on an issue can be taken” (Walgrave and Varone, 2008:367)
See also Venue Shopping
See also Advocacy Coalition Framework