War Powers: The Politics of Constitutional Authority

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"We should judge constitutional conflicts, Mariah Zeisberg argues, by asking how they engage the distinctive strengths and capacities of the different branches of government. This is a thoughtful and stimulating book--it breaks new ground in war powers theory and constitutional theory."--Jack M. Balkin, Yale Law School

"With clear and accessible prose, and a plethora of historical examples, this truly splendid book will repay repeated readings. Zeisberg presents highly nuanced arguments in favor of adopting an ...

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Overview

"We should judge constitutional conflicts, Mariah Zeisberg argues, by asking how they engage the distinctive strengths and capacities of the different branches of government. This is a thoughtful and stimulating book--it breaks new ground in war powers theory and constitutional theory."--Jack M. Balkin, Yale Law School

"With clear and accessible prose, and a plethora of historical examples, this truly splendid book will repay repeated readings. Zeisberg presents highly nuanced arguments in favor of adopting an alternative to currently standard conceptions of war powers that seek unequivocal answers to whether Congress or the president has the authority to go to war under the Constitution. No future discussion of the topic can ignore this book."--Sanford Levinson, author of Framed: America's 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance

"Zeisberg's book on war powers brings you in, stops you short, and forces you to reassess your own assumptions. Taking war powers scholarship in a new direction, this book encourages engagement with the right set of issues, asks the right questions, and is a breath of fresh air."--Stephen Griffin, Tulane University Law School

"This first-rate work looks at how the US Constitution allocates war powers between the executive and legislative branches of the national government. The focus away from constitutional law toward a well-functioning constitutional politics is a breakthrough and Zeisberg develops a highly original method of thinking for vital constitutional problems."--Mark Graber, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

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Winner of the 2014 Richard E. Neustadt Award, Presidents and Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association

"Zeisberg has written a sophisticated, painstakingly researched analysis focusing on the age-old question of the proper allocation of war powers between Congress and the president."--Choice

"War Powers is an important entry into a vital substantive area where the concerns of scholars connect to real world problems that impact leaders and citizens across the globe. The author's creative and ambitious account deserves further development, defense, and elaboration, including its application to separation of powers contexts well beyond struggles over war."--Bruce Peabody, Congress and the Presidency

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691157221
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/21/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 971,286
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Mariah Zeisberg is assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Who Has Authority to Take the Country to War? 1
Chapter 2: Presidential Discretion and the Path to War: The Mexican War and World War II 54
Chapter 3: "Uniting Our Voice at the Water's Edge": Legislative Authority in the Cold War and Roosevelt Corollary 92
Chapter 4: Defensive War: The Cuban Missile Crisis and Cambodian Incursion 146
Chapter 5: Legislative Investigations as War Power: The Senate Munitions Investigation and Iran-Contra 184
Chapter 6: The Politics of Constitutional Authority 222
Acknowledgments 263
Index 265
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