The U.S. Constitution and the Power to Go to War: Historical and Current Perspectives


Noted experts examine America's power to go to war historically and recently, now that the Cold War has ended. They propose ways that the Congress and the president might develop a new working consensus for dealing with the use of military or paramilitary force in the future. This scholarly study of constitutional and statutory proscriptions, UN treaty and international obligations, and judicial restraints is essential reading for undergraduate and graduate students, law students, teachers, and professionals concerned with constitutional interpretation, the government's division of power, and war making.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Morton H. Halperin
  • Louis Fisher
  • Peter Raven-hansen
  • Ellen C. Collier
  • Jane E. Stromseth
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1994


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