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Watchdogs on the Hill: The Decline of Congressional Oversight of U.S. Foreign Relations

Linda L. Fowler


An essential responsibility of the U.S. Congress is holding the president accountable for the conduct of foreign policy. This book evaluates how the legislature's most visible and important watchdogs performed from the mid-twentieth century to the present. The book finds a noticeable reduction in public and secret hearings since the mid-1990s and establishes that U.S. foreign policy frequently violated basic conditions for democratic accountability. Committee scrutiny of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the book notes, fell below levels of oversight in prior major conflicts. It attributes the ... More

Keywords: democratic accountability, U.S. Congress, foreign policy, Senate watchdogs, national security oversight, congressional war powers, wars, Truman Doctrine, public hearings, secret hearings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780691151618
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151618.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linda L. Fowler, author
Dartmouth College