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Deliberating American Monetary PolicyA Textual Analysis$
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Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019576

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019576.001.0001

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Congressional Committees and Monetary Policy

Congressional Committees and Monetary Policy

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(p.197) 4 Congressional Committees and Monetary Policy
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Deliberating American Monetary Policy
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Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey

Andrew Bailey

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019576.003.0004

This chapter analyses the monetary policy oversight hearings of the two congressional banking committees from 1976 to 2009 (as well as the reconfirmation hearings for Volcker, Greenspan and Bernanke) in order to assess how well Congress holds the Fed to account for its decisions on monetary policy. Surprisingly, partisan ideology plays very little role when it comes to effective monetary policy oversight. Decade after decade, Fed chairman after Fed chairman, one feature is, however, evident in the discourse between central bankers and US legislators: Fed chairmen tend to talk about the technicalities of monetary policy while senators and representatives talk about other things, such jobs, fiscal policy, energy policy, education, and so on. All too often they simply talk past one another.

Keywords:   Congress, Senate Banking Committee, House Financial Services Committee, Motivations of Members of Congress, Monetary policy

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