Imbalance of Powers

Imbalance of Powers : Constitutional Interpretation and the Making of American Foreign Policy

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This study follows the expansion of the powers of the executive branch in the realm of foreign policy over the course of American history. Showing how and why the Presidency has so greatly increased its powers, it argues that political compromise and structural reform are the best ways to redress the current imbalance of more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 157 x 234.2 x 20.1mm | 462.81g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195104773
  • 9780195104776

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"Represents a major contribution to scholarship on all three branches of government....This will be standard fare for those interested in how the government of the United States makes -- and should make -- foreign policy." --Lock K. Johnson, University of Georgia"Imbalance of Powers addresses an important topic -- the balance of powers between the executive and legislative branches of government -- and makes a substantial contribution to the literature." --James M. Lindsay, University of Iowa"Gordon Silverstein tackles head-on a constitutional crisis that steadily grows worse: the concentration of foreign affairs and the war power in the Executive. As he demonstrates so well, this shift of power is a threat not only to the framers' intent, Congress, constitutional limits, and public control, but to the Presidency itself. A powerful and constructive wake-up call." --Louis Fisher, Congressional Research Service"In nine well-documented chapters...the author traces the evolution of the constitutional interpretation of US foreign policy from the traditional interpretation to the appearance of the executive prerogative....Highly recommended for college, university, and law libraries, upper-division undergraduate through faculty. -- Choiceshow more

About Gordon Silverstein

Gordon Silverstein is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, more

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