While the Constitution of the United States created a system of separation of powers and checks and balances, a debate on which branch of government ultimately has the power to begin a war has emerged. This debate has led to the increase of presidential influence over war policy in the post-Vietnam era. The purpose of this study is to determine what conditions, if any, assist Congress in effectively constraining presidential war policy.
To ascertain the conditions that assist Congress in constraining the president, a case study analysis of the war in Iraq through the presidency of George W. Bush, 2001-2008, will be employed. This study concluded that Congress was not able to effectively control executive war policy during the War in Iraq through traditional tools like appropriations control, or restrictions on the scope or duration of the War in Iraq.
Friedhoff, Robert H., "Runaway Or Reigned in? Presidential Power and Congressional Controls During Times of War." (2015). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 6876.
Politics, Government, President, Congress, War, War in Iraq
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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