The Politics of National Security

The Politics of National Security : Congress and US Defense Policy. A Twentieth-Century Fund Book

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Over the past twenty years, controversy has raged over the greatly expanded role of Congress in the formulation of US national defence policy. Barry Blechman, who served as Assistant Director to the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and as a consultant to the Pentagon and numerous congressional committees, here analyses this fundamental shift in US policy-making. Based in part on interviews with Congress members and their staff, the book explains how and why these changes came about and what their consequences have been for the defence of American interests.
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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 134.62 x 213.36 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195077059
  • 9780195077056
  • 2,110,415

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'For students and practitioners of international affairs who believe that U.S. national security policy is the exclusive domain of the executive branch, Blechman's superb new book on congress's role in defense policy is a 'must read' primer.
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valuable, highly readable and often stimulating study which enhances our understanding of Congress's contemporary role in military policy-making * Political Studies * lively and thought-provoking ... well written and stimulating ... a valuable contribution to the literature * International Affairs * Barrys book offers a wide-ranging argument for a politics of engagement and resilience with each other, and with the environment that sustains us, in climate-changed society. It represents the best of critical and applied political theory, incorporating a range of ideas and practices of the academy and civil society into a broad call for a move beyond our unsustainable ways. We may be the people we have been waiting for, as Barry argues, but this is definitely the
book weve been waiting for. * Prof. David Schlosberg, Professor of Environmental Politics, University of Sydney *
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