My research seeks to answer a series of questions regarding the interaction and competition among the branches of the federal government to affect policy making in a system of shared powers. Specifically, my research examines the institutional resources used by the legislative and executive branches to influence statutory contract design with respect to the federal bureaucracy.
Data utilized for my research include legislative enactments that impose statutory constraints governing bureaucratic action, oversight committee characteristics, instances of presidential vetoes and signing statements, an original data set of all legislative veto provisions from 1932–2008, and interviews with lawmakers, congressional officials, and committee staff. My published work has focused on the legislative veto, presidential veto, and presidential signing statement. I am currently working on a book manuscript on congressional oversight and congressional-executive relations.