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The Polarized Presidency of George W. Bush$
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George C Edwards III and Desmond King

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199217977

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217977.001.0001

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Bending so as Not to Break: What the Bush Presidency Reveals about the Politics of Unilateral Action

Bending so as Not to Break: What the Bush Presidency Reveals about the Politics of Unilateral Action

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(p.96) 4 Bending so as Not to Break: What the Bush Presidency Reveals about the Politics of Unilateral Action
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The Polarized Presidency of George W. Bush
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William G. Howell (Contributor Webpage)

Douglas L. Kriner (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217977.003.0004

This chapter focuses on congressional efforts to curtail the president's foreign policy over terrorism and the Middle East, almost all of which has been unilaterally instituted. With a series of case studies and new experimental survey data, it is shown that congressional opposition to the president systematically influences the willingness of average citizens to support the president's military campaigns abroad and, moreover, that such opposition has occasionally induced the president to back off from his preferred policies. So doing, it demonstrates that congressional checks on presidential war powers, though certainly diminished, remain a core feature of unilateral politics.

Keywords:   foreign policy, Congress, terrorism, Middle East, unilateral actions, strategic action

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