When Congress Comes Calling (2nd Edition)

Throughout its history, Congress has engaged in oversight of the executive branch—the review, monitoring, and supervision of the implementation of public policy. Dating from the earliest years of the Republic, Congress has established a constitutionally-based foundation of mechanisms and practices for oversight that affords it virtually unlimited access to information from the executive necessary to perform its legislative responsibilities.

When Congress Comes Calling examines the current complexities of the legislative oversight process and explains the rules, tools, and folkways by which it operates. It demonstrates—through discussions of law, practices, and history—that effective oversight can assure not only that Congress has the capability to inform itself and the public how well or badly government is performing its public duties, but also that performing such oversight is key to Congress maintaining and vindicating its co-equal role in our constitutional scheme of separated powers.

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Part I: Principles, Practices, and Pragmatics of Legislative Inquiry
Part II: Case Studies
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