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Investigating the President : Congressional Checks on Presidential Power (Paperback) (Douglas L. Kriner)

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This volume discusses congressional investigations of the president, focusing on the use of investigative oversight to expose wrongdoing, mismanagement, or abuse of power, or force executive-branch officials to answer difficult questions, and raise the political costs of non-compliance by decreasing the support of the president by the public and creating lower approval ratings. The authors argue that the relationship between legislators' partisan and institutional interests affect when Congress acts and demonstrate that Congress investigates most aggressively when there is a wide gap in partisan and policy differences with executive branches, particularly when parties are highly polarized. They show how investigations can affect policy outcomes and describe the institutional, partisan, and ideological aspects impacting differences in congressional willingness to use its investigative powers; the relationship between investigative activity and changes in presidential approval for all presidents from Eisenhower to Obama; the direct effect of investigations on public policy by prompting legislative action in Congress or encouraging presidents to change course; the indirect influence of investigations in one policy area on unrelated areas; and investigations during the Obama administration. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 284
Genre: Political Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr
Author: Douglas L. Kriner
Language: English
Street Date: August 23, 2016
TCIN: 51529081
UPC: 9780691171869
Item Number (DPCI): 248-22-6230
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