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Congress and the Cold War

Congress and the Cold War - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521528856

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ISBN13: 978-0521528856
ISBN10: 0521528852
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Edition/Copyright: 06
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2006
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Congress and the Cold War - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521528856

Robert David Johnson

ISBN13: 978-0521528856
ISBN10: 0521528852
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 06
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

The first historical interpretation of the congressional response to the entire Cold War. Using a wide variety of sources, including several manuscript collections opened specifically for this study, the book challenges the popular and scholarly image of a weak Cold War Congress, in which the unbalanced relationship between the legislative and executive branches culminated in the escalation of the U.S. commitment in Vietnam, which in turn paved the way for a congressional resurgence best symbolized by the passage of the War Powers Act in 1973. Instead, understanding the congressional response to the Cold War requires a more flexible conception of the congressional role in foreign policy, focused on three facets of legislative power: the use of spending measures; the internal workings of a Congress increasingly dominated by subcommittees; and the ability of individual legislators to affect foreign affairs by changing the way that policymakers and the public considered international questions.

  • This is the first historical study of the congressional response to the entire Cold War
  • This book places the congressional tumult of the late 1960s and 1970s - the response to the Vietnam War, the War Powers Act - in historical perspective
  • This book has contemporary relevance in that it shows how Congress developed mechanisms to influence foreign policy despite an international environment that seemed to encourage increased presidential unilateralism

Table of Contents

1. Constructing a bipartisan foreign policy

2. Legislative power and the congressional right

3. Redefining congressional power

4. The consequences of Vietnam

5. The transformation of Stuart Symington

6. The new internationalists' congress

7. The triumph of the armed services committee.

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