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This paper outlines a dynamic problem-detection model of legislative oversight where legislative committees engage in information-gathering to identify emerging policy problems. It is argued that activities of legislative committees are responsive to indicators of problem status across a range of policy domains. This enables committees to react to problems before, or at least simultaneously to, citizens. Our analyses use a new dataset on the policy agenda of UK Parliamentary Select Committees in combination with directly comparable data on US Congressional hearings. Aggregate measures of problem status (e.g. GDP, crime rates) and public opinion on the ‘most important problem’ facing the country are used as independent variables. The comparison between a well-established and developing committee system offers insights into common dynamics across institutional contexts. The findings show that committee agendas in both the UK and US are responsive to problem status for the majority of issues.
|Number of pages||1578|
|Journal||Journal of European Public Policy|
|Early online date||17 Oct 2018|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Oct 2019|
- congressional hearings
- legislative oversight
- problem detection
- select committees
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CAP: Comparative Agendas Project
Bevan, S., Baumgartner, F. R., Jones, B., Walgrave , S. & Green-Pedersen, C.
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Do different parties respond to different problems? A comparative study of parliamentary questions across multiple countriesBevan, S., Borghetto, E. & Seeberg, H., 31 Mar 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Journal of European Public Policy.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Gone Fishing: The Creation of the Comparative Agendas Project Master CodebookBevan, S., 22 Mar 2019, Comparative Policy Agendas: Theory, Tools, Data. Baumgartner, F., Breunig, C. & Grossman, E. (eds.). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, p. 17-34
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › ChapterOpen AccessFile
The Public Agenda: A Comparative PerspectiveBevan, S. & Jennings, W., 22 Mar 2019, Comparative Policy Agendas: Theory, Tools, Data. Baumgartner, F., Breunig, C. & Grossman, E. (eds.). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, p. 219-242
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
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