Virtues of the War Clause

Authors

  • DAVID GRAY ADLER

    1. Professor of political science at Idaho State University. He has published numerous works on the Constitution and presidential power. His most recent book, The President and the Law: The Clinton Legacy, a coedited volume with Michael Genovese, will be published by the University Press of Kansas in 2001.
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Abstract

Critics of the war clause contend that congressional preeminence in war making as commanded by the Constitution is no longer relevant to international politics. In a word, the constitutional arrangement for war and peace is obsolete. In spite of those criticisms, it is argued here that the values underlying the war clause–notably a deep-seated fear of unilateral executive war making and a commitment to collective decision making in foreign affairs–are as compelling today as they were two centuries ago.

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