Elling, Richard C.
January 1984
Public Administration Quarterly;Winter84, Vol. 7 Issue 4, p457
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the effect of state legislative influence on the administrative process in the U.S. Availability of sufficient resources alone will not stimulate oversight efforts unless the personal, political career or policy rewards for a legislator doing it are greater than those to be secured from the investment of time and energy in other legislative activities. Legislators may differ as to whether or not oversight is a function which ought to be performed by the legislature for reasons other than the personal payoffs which flow from engaging in it. Alternatively, a legislator may believe that performing oversight makes it more difficult for the legislature to meet its other obligations, thus it should not be an important concern of legislators. Differences over which factors stimulate oversight have more than theoretical importance. If one believes that it is the nature of individual incentives or motivation which determines the extent to which legislators and legislatures engage in oversight. Not every legislator subscribed to the lack of incentives equals lack of oversight thesis. Others believed it was true only of certain sorts of legislators. When asked whether legislative influence or involvement the state administrative process was appropriate or legitimate every legislator said it was.


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