Congress and the Cold War

Congress and the Cold War

by Robert David Johnson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521821339

ISBN-13: 9780521821339

Pub. Date: 12/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book challenges the popular and scholarly image of a weak Cold War Congress, in which the unbalanced relationship between the legislative and executive branches culminated in the escalation of the U.S. commitment in Vietnam, paving the way for the passage of the War Powers Act in 1973. It evokes a more flexible conception of the congressional role in foreign

Overview

This book challenges the popular and scholarly image of a weak Cold War Congress, in which the unbalanced relationship between the legislative and executive branches culminated in the escalation of the U.S. commitment in Vietnam, paving the way for the passage of the War Powers Act in 1973. It evokes a more flexible conception of the congressional role in foreign policy, focused on three facets of legislative power: the use of spending measures; the internal workings of a Congress increasingly dominated by subcommittees; and the ability of individual legislators to affect foreign affairs by changing the way that policymakers and the public consider international questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521821339
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2005
Pages:
431
Sales rank:
933,582
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

1. Constructing a bipartisan foreign policy; 2. Legislative power and the congressional right; 3. Redefining congressional power; 4. The consequences of Vietnam; 5. The transformation of Stuart Symington; 6. The new internationalists' congress; 7. The triumph of the armed services committee.

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