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War's Contributions to Presidential Power

William G. Howell and Tana Johnson

in The Oxford Handbook of the American Presidency

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780199238859
Published online May 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199238859.003.0031

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

 War's Contributions to Presidential Power

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This article traces the evolution of the argument regarding the contribution of war to presidential power, as well as its empirical record. It then provides critiques that are meant to guide future research on the topic. The close of the Vietnam War and the concurrent congressional resurgence did not silence discussions of an imperial presidency. They merely put them on hold. Future scholarship should assess the precise origins of the presumed relationship between war and presidential power, as well as the conditions under which it is more and less likely to hold. It should account for both war's benefits and costs to presidential power.

Keywords: Vietnam War; presidential power; imperial presidency; congressional resurgence

Article.  10759 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; International Relations

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