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Oversight of Foreign Policy: The U. S. House Committee on International Relations

Fred Kaiser
Legislative Studies Quarterly
Vol. 2, No. 3 (Aug., 1977), pp. 255-279
Published by: Washington University
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/439341
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Oversight of Foreign Policy: The U. S. House Committee on International Relations
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Abstract

This paper examines oversight of the foreign policy apparatus as conducted by the House International Relations Committee. Oversight activity is measured not only by the standard items but also by the committee use of affiliated support agencies, such as the General Accounting Office and the Congressional Research Service. The findings revealed that the Committee was a prolific oversight unit and that conditions which govern oversight of the domestic policy arena similarly govern that of foreign policy. These conditions include structural characteristics of the committee, partisan composition of the national government, the policy environment, and legislative perceptions of agency policies and administrators.

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