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The Politics of National Security : Congress and US Defense Policy. A Twentieth-Century Fund Book - Barry M. Blechman

The Politics of National Security

Congress and US Defense Policy. A Twentieth-Century Fund Book

Paperback Published: 16th July 1992
ISBN: 9780195077056
Number Of Pages: 272

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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 the Congress' greater assertiveness.

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"This is a well-organized, comprehensive, and very readable account of how and why Congress has seized--and more importantly retained--much of the high ground in the creation of defense policy....Compared to other books in this genre, this is a gem."--Political Science Quarterly "[Thoughtful, well-researched,...clearly written, and most importantly, timely and relevant to the policy debates which face those in high office....[A] valuable book. The policy recommendations are first-rate (notably on the War Powers statute), and the central thesis is unassailable."--Governance "Lively and thought-provoking....Well written and stimulating...a valuable contribution to the literature."--International Affairs "For students and practitioners of international affairs who believe that U.S. national security policy of the exceutive branch, Blechman's superb new book on Congress's role in defense policy is a 'must read' primer. For those who already reognize Congress's role as an equal partner in this field, the book will provide fresh insights into the U.S. defence policy-making process. And all those who despair about the problems related to congressional-executive confrontations over defence policy will find in these pages a cogent and even-handed blueprint for improving the collaborative process."--Survival "An insightful and richly detailed account of the interactions between the executive and legislative branches on national security issues over the last two decades. Blechman calls for a new collaborative relationship between the two institutions in this area and suggests several useful guidelines for achieving this objective. Throughout this important book, Blechman underscores time and again his principle theme: our Nation is best served when the President and the Congress succeed in establishing a genuine bipartisan consensus on our foreign policy and national security goals and interests. Blechman's long career in the defense policy community...has given him a wealth of experience to draw upon in addressing these issues."--Senator Sam Nunn "This is a well-organized, comprehensive, and very readable account of how and why Congress has seized--and more importantly retained--much of the high ground in the creation of defense policy....Compared to other books in this genre, this is a gem."--Political Science Quarterly "[Thoughtful, well-researched,...clearly written, and most importantly, timely and relevant to the policy debates which face those in high office....[A] valuable book. The policy recommendations are first-rate (notably on the War Powers statute), and the central thesis is unassailable."--Governance "Lively and thought-provoking....Well written and stimulating...a valuable contribution to the literature."--International Affairs "For students and practitioners of international affairs who believe that U.S. national security policy of the exceutive branch, Blechman's superb new book on Congress's role in defense policy is a 'must read' primer. For those who already reognize Congress's role as an equal partner in this field, the book will provide fresh insights into the U.S. defence policy-making process. And all those who despair about the problems related to congressional-executive confrontations over defence policy will find in these pages a cogent and even-handed blueprint for improving the collaborative process."--Survival "An insightful and richly detailed account of the interactions between the executive and legislative branches on national security issues over the last two decades. Blechman calls for a new collaborative relationship between the two institutions in this area and suggests several useful guidelines for achieving this objective. Throughout this important book, Blechman underscores time and again his principle theme: our Nation is best served when the President and the Congress succeed in establishing a genuine bipartisan consensus on our foreign policy and national security goals and interests. Blechman's long career in the defense policy community...has given him a wealth of experience to draw upon in addressing these issues."--Senator Sam Nunn "A respected practitioner-scholar, Blechman has a long track record of not only helping to make Washington work, but to work better. Insider enough to know how both the Congress and Executive Branch really work, outsider enough to be objective in his criticism and evaluations, he has proposed a set of realistic institutional changes to quell the conflict between Congress and the President and make America's foreign policy and defense apparatus function more effectively. His ideas will have an impact."--Senator Bill Cohen "Blechman is both seasoned in the executive and sympathetic to Congress, and the recent war in the Persian Gulf makes his exhortation all the more welcome."--Foreign Affairs "As Barry M. Blechman makes clear in The Politics of National Security, the Congress has significant constitutional responsibilities to fulfill in the defense realm; it also has compelling political incentives to carry out those duties to the limits of the powers granted it by the Constitution. Blechman's conclusion that presidents should cease fighting the problem and opt instead to collaborate with the Congress to ensure more effective national policymaking is right on the mark."--Les Aspin, Chair, House Armed Services Committee "Comprehensive yet concise. Blechman has the perfect anecdote to illustrate each point."--June Dreyer, University of Miami "[A] valuable study."--American Politics Review

ISBN: 9780195077056
ISBN-10: 0195077059
Series: Twentieth Century Fund Book
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 16th July 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.85 x 14.02  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.31

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