Source: Jonathan Rauh, Journal of of Public Administration Research and Theory, Advance Access, First published online: December 8, 2016
From the abstract:
Ethics commissions address policies that are external to the policy maker, the enforcement of which may be damaging to the policymaker. Given this potential for harm it is likely that delegation to commissions is transactional with elected officials controlling autonomy based on a set of specific goals. The author tests this argument by examining how executive and legislative control of a commission’s autonomy impacts the effectiveness of a commission’s oversight. Findings suggest that elected officials attempt to influence commissions in a strategic manner based upon whether they want to direct attention away from themselves or toward the other branch of government.