Partisanship and the Effectiveness of Oversight ∗

  title={Partisanship and the Effectiveness of Oversight ∗},
  author={Justin Fox and Richard Van Weelden},
This paper examines how partisanship influences the willingness of an overseer to exercise her check on executive power. In doing so, we provide a theory of divided government based on the need for effective oversight. The sequential nature of oversight means that by the time the overseer is called upon to act either to accept or veto an executive initiative it has already been revealed what the executive believes should be done. This information can then lead a career-minded overseer to… CONTINUE READING