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War PowersThe Politics of Constitutional Authority$
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Mariah Zeisberg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691157221

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691157221.001.0001

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“Uniting Our Voice at the Water’s Edge”

“Uniting Our Voice at the Water’s Edge”

Legislative Authority in the Cold War and Roosevelt Corollary

(p.92) Chapter 3 “Uniting Our Voice at the Water’s Edge”
War Powers

Mariah Zeisberg

Princeton University Press

This chapter uses the relational conception to argue against the quality of the legislature's constitutional construction in the era of the Roosevelt Corollary. Applying the processual standards, it argues that the early Cold War security order was more, not less, constitutionally authoritative than that of the Roosevelt Corollary because its Congresses were able to articulate, challenge, and ultimately ratify its construction of constitutional powers. Applying the substantive standard of defensive war, it also argues that early Cold War Congresses faced a more important national threat, to which broader presidential empowerment for defensive purposes was a reasonable response. For both processual and substantive reasons, the constitutional construction of early Cold War congresses is easier to defend under the relational conception than the formally parallel, but lower quality pro-presidency construction of the congresses of the Roosevelt Corollary.

Keywords:   relational conception, Cold War, security order, Roosevelt Corollary, legislature

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