Pursuing Oversight

  • Elise J. Bean


The final chapter examines oversight as a core legislative function critical to strengthening government, stopping abuses, and protecting the public. It explains how bipartisan, fact-based oversight contributes to the Constitutional system of checks and balances by identifying problems, building consensus on the facts, and generating reforms. It condemns inquiries marred by partisan tactics, disregard for the facts, or unethical or ineffective investigative techniques. The chapter identifies steps to strengthen oversight, including increased training and research. It posits that, when done well, bipartisan oversight can help rebuild public confidence in Congress, while producing more effective government. The chapter also notes that bipartisan, fact-based congressional oversight investigations are a unique American contribution to world culture, one that should be respected, nurtured, and celebrated.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elise J. Bean
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  1. 1.Levin Center at Wayne LawWayne State University Law SchoolDetroitUSA

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