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Investigating the President: Congressional Checks on Presidential Power

Douglas L. Kriner and Eric Schickler


Although congressional investigations have provided some of the most dramatic moments in American political history, they have often been dismissed as mere political theater. But these investigations are far more than grandstanding. This book shows that congressional investigations are a powerful tool for members of Congress to counter presidential aggrandizement. By shining a light on alleged executive wrongdoing, investigations can exert significant pressure on the president and materially affect policy outcomes. This book constructs the most comprehensive overview of congressional investiga ... More

Keywords: congressional investigations, American political history, U.S. Congress, executive wrongdoing, investigative power, presidential power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691171852
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691171852.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas L. Kriner, author
Boston University

Eric Schickler, author
University of California, Berkeley