Foreign Policy and Congress: An International Relations by Marie T. Henehan

By Marie T. Henehan

In the normal view of international coverage making within the usa, the President is taken into account the first authority and Congress is noticeable as taking part in a subsidiary position. Marie T. Henehan appears on the results of occasions within the foreign process on either the content material of overseas coverage and what activities Congress takes on international coverage. Henehan argues that the one method to comprehend the way in which congressional habit varies over the years is by way of taking a look at the increase and determination of serious concerns in overseas coverage, which in flip have their foundation within the overseas method. while a severe overseas coverage factor arises, congressional job and makes an attempt to persuade overseas coverage elevate. as soon as the controversy is resolved and one facet wins, a consensus emerges and Congress settles right into a extra passive position. utilizing a knowledge set together with all roll name votes on international coverage concerns taken by way of the Senate from 1897 to 1984 to generate signs of Congressional habit, including the increase and fall of serious concerns in diplomacy, Henehan is ready to strengthen a extra nuanced figuring out of Congress's function in international coverage making over time.
In contemporary years political scientists have began to think about the effect of the overseas approach on family coverage. a part of the trouble of a few of this paintings, in addition to paintings on Congress's function in overseas coverage, is that it's been restricted when it comes to time and the variety of occasions the research thought of, looking on case reviews. This booklet deals a scientific attention of the results of foreign occasions on family politics, crossing many various sorts of overseas job, and offers a different longitudinal view of Congressional motion on overseas policy.
This booklet could be of curiosity to students of diplomacy, American international coverage making, and Congress.
Marie T. Henehan is Assistant Professor of Political technological know-how, Vanderbilt University.

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As an overall perspective on the respective roles of Congress and the president, the executive-dominance literature captures aspects of the presidency built into the of‹ce by the Constitution but exaggerates them by peering through the normative lens of distaste for congressional involvement in foreign policy. This literature then turns this lens on a particular historical era—the early Cold War. This focus on a period in which Congress was not very active produces a picture that is, from a historical point of view, incomplete at best and distorted at worst.

Disturbed by what they see as an uncritical acceptance of the assumptions of executive dominance, they embark on what they call “a necessary reappraisal” (32). They begin by asserting that, contrary to what most authors say, Congress has provided more initiative and leadership historically than has the president. Moe and Teel reinterpret Chamberlain’s (1946) ‹ndings, showing that they indicate that the president shapes less than half of the legislation on national security. They feel that, in the 25 years between the two studies, there has been a chronic tendency to exaggerate congressional impotence.

Carter ‹nds that for 65 percent of the cases, Congress is compliant or resistant and that in 35 percent of the cases, Congress rejects the administration’s request or initiates its own policy. Although a 65 percent success rate indicates considerable presidential in›uence, the fact that Congress rejects the administration’s proposals or initiates its own policies the other 35 percent of the time implies that the executive-dominance school has given Congress short shrift. Although Carter ‹nds more assertive behavior after 1968 (43 percent) than before (29 percent), he points out that congressional assertiveness is not unique to the Vietnam era: “independent” behavior has comprised 25 percent of congressional foreign policy behavior since the 1950s, leading him to conclude that the overall pattern of congressional foreign policy behavior is basically the same for the 1960s as it is for the 1970s and early 1980s (1986a, 352).

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