After the Rubicon: Congress, Presidents, and the Politics of by Douglas L. Kriner

By Douglas L. Kriner

When the us is going to warfare, the nation’s consciousness makes a speciality of the president. As commander in leader, a president reaches the zenith of strength, whereas Congress is supposedly shunted to the sidelines as soon as troops were deployed in a foreign country. due to Congress’s repeated failure to workout its legislative powers to rein in presidents, many have proclaimed its irrelevance in army matters.

After the Rubicon demanding situations this traditional knowledge by means of illuminating the varied ways that legislators impression the behavior of army affairs. Douglas L. Kriner finds that even in politically delicate wartime environments, person contributors of Congress usually suggest laws, carry investigative hearings, and interact in nationwide coverage debates within the public sphere. those activities impression the president’s strategic judgements as he weighs the political expenditures of pursuing his most popular army course.

Marshalling a wealth of quantitative and ancient facts, Kriner expertly demonstrates the entire volume to which Congress materially shapes the initiation, scope, and length of significant army activities and sheds new gentle at the well timed factor of interbranch relations.

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