Reuven Y. Hazan, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
"This thoughtful, comprehensive, and practical piece of work can make an important contribution to understanding how to curb government corruption. Its succinct survey of the literature on the effectiveness of oversight tools and accessible presentation of the Stapenhurst Pelizzo Index of Legislative Oversight (SPILO) demonstrates the analytic utility of bringing together tools for internal oversight tools alongside external contextual factors to demonstrate just when legislative oversight actually works. And its cogent discussion of political will demonstrates one way that voters can help to provide impetus for increased legislative effectiveness in compelling a government to be held accountable for its actions. It is a step forward in the development of this interesting and practical approach to policy research."
Mark Baskin, University at Albany-SUNY