Landing at PSI

  • Elise J. Bean


This chapter recounts how Senator Carl Levin became the senior Democrat on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) and assembled an investigative team. It lists a dozen Levin Principles on effective oversight and explains how those principles informed his investigations. In addition, the chapter traces PSI’s history and evolution, including its promising origin under Senator Harry Truman, disastrous experience under Senator Joe McCarthy, and recovery under a line of leaders who turned it into the Senate’s most powerful investigative body with strong bipartisan traditions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elise J. Bean
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  1. 1.Levin Center at Wayne LawWayne State University Law SchoolDetroitUSA

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