War Powers: The Politics of Constitutional Authority

War Powers: The Politics of Constitutional Authority

by Mariah Zeisberg
     
 

"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

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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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691157221
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/21/2013
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
907,562
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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

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