A New Index of Oversight Capacity

10 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2012

Date Written: June 27, 2012


The purpose of this paper is to present a new index of legislative oversight. Building on the work by Stapenhurst (2011), who argued that a proper index of legislative oversight capacity should reflect not only legislatures’ internal oversight capacity but also the impact of contextual factors, we devise and propose a modified version of the Stapenhurst. The results of the empirical analyses presented in the paper sustain the claim that when properly operationalized and measured, legislative oversight capacity is a good predictor of legislative oversight effectiveness and other policy relevant results.

Keywords: legislatures, index, legislative oversight, legislative capacity, legislative strengthening, legislative effectiveness

JEL Classification: H11, H70, O19

Suggested Citation

Pelizzo, Riccardo, A New Index of Oversight Capacity (June 27, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2174865 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2174865

Riccardo Pelizzo (Contact Author)

Nazarbayev University ( email )

53 Kabanbay Batyra Avenue
Astana, 010000

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