Congress Resurgent

Foreign and Defense Policy on Capitol Hill
Randall B. Ripley and James M. Lindsay, Editors
An exploration of Congress's role in shaping American foreign policy


The most significant change over the past two decades in the way the United States makes foreign and defense policy has been the resurgence of congressional activity. On issues as prominent as the Gulf war and as little-noticed as aid to the International Monetary Fund, members of Congress have sought significant influence over foreign and defense policy. Congress Resurgent is a complete examination of this recent phenomenon.
The contributors look at the constraints and pressures put on Congress as it addresses foreign policy and the institutional processes that enable it to legislate foreign policy. The various perspectives combine to make clear the real impact Congress has on foreign policy. Students and scholars both of international affairs and of the legislative process will be enlightened by this careful study.

Praise / Awards

  • "This is American political science at its best: a minimum of science and plenty of political narrative and analysis."
    International Affairs
  • "Congress Resurgent has been skillfully edited by Randall Ripley and James Lindsay and the result is an integrated work that is descriptively informative and makes a good case for congressional resurgence in making foreign and defense policy. . . . Overall, the editors have succeeded in bringing together congressional and international relations scholars into a comprehensive integrated analysis."
    Presidential Studies Quarterly

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  • 6 x 9.
  • 352pp.
  • tables, figures.
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  • Paper
  • 1993
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  • 978-0-472-06533-2

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