The Politics of National Security: Congress and U.S. Defense Policy

Paperback | July 16, 1992

byBarry M. Blechman, W. Philip Ellis

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Over the past twenty years, a revolution has occurred in relations between the American executive and legislative branches. Once a passive observer of the President's decisions on defense policy, the Congress has assumed a more aggressive role in decisions on the defense budget, arms control,war powers, sales of weapons abroad, and covert operations. Based on interviews with members of Congress and their staffs, The Politics of National Security describes and analyzes this fundamental change in the United States political system, concentrating on the political factors behind theCongress' greater assertiveness.

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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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Over the past twenty years, a revolution has occurred in relations between the American executive and legislative branches. Once a passive observer of the President's decisions on defense policy, the Congress has assumed a more aggressive role in decisions on the defense budget, arms control,war powers, sales of weapons abroad, and cov...

Barry Blechman is at the Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.27 × 5.51 × 0.71 inPublished:July 16, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195077059

ISBN - 13:9780195077056

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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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"[A] valuable study."--American Politics Review