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Less Than Meets the Eye: Foreign Policymaking & the Myth of the Assertive Congress

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Focusing on cases involving major military action, foreign aid authorization, and key controversial votes in both legislative branches, Hinckley shows that—appearances to the contrary—Congress more often than not votes with the President, and has done so for the last few decades. Despite occasional flurries of activity on carefully chosen symbolic issues, most foreign policy issues never even make the Congressional agenda. Those that do are often dispatched with demands for reports that are left unread or with tough restrictions having built-in "escape provisions." Both branches, Hinckley argues, encourage this image of conflict and profit from the symbolic political capital it produces. This process comes to light in her analysis of aid to Nicaragua.

What Hinckley reveals is sharply at odds with conventional wisdom and unflattering to both the executive and the legislative branches of government. More than a critical reassessment, this book also proposes reforms than might result in real congressional participation in the making of foreign policy. With its insight into how our system of checks and balances works—and doesn't—this book takes a first step toward making the peoples' representatives accountable for crucial American interests in foreign matters.

Synopsis:

Foreword by Richard C. LeoneAuthor's Preface1. The Current Debate2. The Legislative Agenda3. A Closer Look4. The Use of Force5. Congress at Work6. The Misuse of Compromise7. Nicaragua8. The Ayes and Nays of ReformAfterword: Congress and the New World OrderAppendixesNotesMajor ReferencesIndex

Table of Contents

Foreword by Richard C. Leone

Author's Preface

1. The Current Debate

2. The Legislative Agenda

3. A Closer Look

4. The Use of Force

5. Congress at Work

6. The Misuse of Compromise

7. Nicaragua

8. The Ayes and Nays of Reform

Afterword: Congress and the New World Order

Appendixes

Notes

Major References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226341439
Author:
Hinckley, Barbara
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Congress
Subject:
Government - Legislative Branch
Subject:
United States - For
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
Publication Date:
19940631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 tables
Pages:
259
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , Foreword by Richard C. LeoneAuthor's Preface1. The Current Debate2. The Legislative Agenda3. A Closer Look4. The Use of Force5. Congress at Work6. The Misuse of Compromise7. Nicaragua8. The Ayes and Nays of ReformAfterword: Congress and the New World OrderAppendixesNotesMajor ReferencesIndex
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