David C.W. Parker <firstname.lastname@example.org> is Assistant Professor of Political Science, Montana State University, 2–139 Wilson Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717.
Divided We Quarrel: The Politics of Congressional Investigations, 1947–2004
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2011
2009 Comparative Legislative Research Center at the University of Iowa
Legislative Studies Quarterly
Volume 34, Issue 3, pages 319–345, August 2009
How to Cite
PARKER, D. C.W. and DULL, M. (2009), Divided We Quarrel: The Politics of Congressional Investigations, 1947–2004. Legislative Studies Quarterly, 34: 319–345. doi: 10.3162/036298009788897790
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2011
Are congressional committee investigations into alleged executive-branch wrongdoing more common during periods of divided government? We analyze original data tracking congressional committee investigations into alleged fraud, waste, and abuse by the executive branch between 1947 and 2004. Countering David Mayhew's (1991) empirical finding, we show that divided government generates more and more-intensive congressional investigations, but this relationship is contingent on partisan and temporal factors. Our findings shed new light on the shifting dynamic between partisan institutional politics and congressional oversight.