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<b>Bending so as Not to Break: What the Bush Presidency Reveals about the Politics of Unilateral Action</b>

William G. Howell and Douglas L. Kriner

in The Polarized Presidency of George W. Bush

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780199217977
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191711541 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217977.003.0004
 Bending so as Not to Break: What the Bush Presidency Reveals about the Politics of Unilateral Action

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This chapter focuses on congressional efforts to curtail the president's foreign policy over terrorism and the Middle East, almost all of which has been unilaterally instituted. With a series of case studies and new experimental survey data, it is shown that congressional opposition to the president systematically influences the willingness of average citizens to support the president's military campaigns abroad and, moreover, that such opposition has occasionally induced the president to back off from his preferred policies. So doing, it demonstrates that congressional checks on presidential war powers, though certainly diminished, remain a core feature of unilateral politics.

Keywords: foreign policy; Congress; terrorism; Middle East; unilateral actions; strategic action

Chapter.  20628 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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