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War Powers: The Politics of Constitutional Authority

Mariah Zeisberg


Armed interventions in Libya, Haiti, Iraq, Vietnam, and Korea challenged the US president and Congress with a core question of constitutional interpretation: does the president, or Congress, have constitutional authority to take the country to war? This book argues that the Constitution doesn't offer a single legal answer to that question. But its structure and values indicate a vision of a well-functioning constitutional politics, one that enables the branches of government themselves to generate good answers to this question for the circumstances of their own times. The book shows that what ... More

Keywords: constitutional interpretation, constitutional authority, war powers, U.S. Constitution, constitutional politics, interpretive politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691157221
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691157221.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mariah Zeisberg, author
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor