While Dangers Gather: Congressional Checks on Presidential War Powers

While Dangers Gather: Congressional Checks on Presidential War Powers

by William G. Howell, Jon C. Pevehouse
     
 

"This is the state-of-the-art book on the domestic and international politics of the use of military force abroad by U.S. presidents. It should be widely read for the depth and breadth of its scholarship, and for the importance of its topic."—Bruce Russett, Yale University

"This is probably the best book yet on the domestic politics of American

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"This is the state-of-the-art book on the domestic and international politics of the use of military force abroad by U.S. presidents. It should be widely read for the depth and breadth of its scholarship, and for the importance of its topic."—Bruce Russett, Yale University

"This is probably the best book yet on the domestic politics of American decisions to use military force. Through an astonishing array of empirical data, it presents convincing evidence that the history of American military action during the postwar era would have looked quite different without congressional restraints. The authors weave three bodies of research—political communication, executive-legislative politics, and the international relations literature on the use of force—into a single coherent, causal story, and their language is quite lucid and jargon-free."—Benjamin O. Fordham, Binghamton University

"This is an important book that scholars will have to take seriously. The authors' persuasive assertions that Congress is a serious constraint on presidential power are bold and sure to ignite debate. While other scholars have begun to tread on the conventional wisdom, none have done such a comprehensive job in making the claim and supporting it with such a variety of evidence."—Linda L. Fowler, Dartmouth College

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691134628
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/06/2007
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
1,190,135
Product dimensions:
7.19(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

List of Tables ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xxv

Part One: Background and Theory 1

Chapter 1: Possibilities of Congressional Influence 3

Chapter 2: Conditions that Abet Congressional Influence 33

Part Two: Testing Claims about Congressional Influence 51

Chapter 3: Trends in Military Deployments 53

Chapter 4: Responding to "Opportunities" to Use Military Force (with Douglas L. Kriner) 75

Chapter 5: Studies in Domestic Politics and the Use of Force 114

Part Three: One Causal Pathway 153

Chapter 6: Congress and the Media (with Douglas L. Kriner) 155

Chapter 7: The Media and Public Opinion 192

Chapter 8: Conclusion 222

Appendix A: Tables Relating to Chapter 3 243

Appendix B: Text and Tables Relating to Chapter 4 245

Appendix C: Table Relating to Chapter 6 259

Appendix D: Table Relating to Chapter 7 260

Notes 263

References 307

Index 323

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