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Armed interventions in Libya, Haiti, Iraq, Vietnam, and Korea challenged the US presidency and Congress with a core question of constitutional interpretation: does the president, or Congress, have constitutional authority to take the country to war? War Powers argues that the Constitution doesn’t offer a single legal answer to that question, but that its structure and values indicate a vision of a well-functioning constitutional politics that enables the branches themselves to generate good answers to this question for the circumstances of their own times. War Powers challenges traditional legal models of constitutional authority and demonstrates the conditions of robust constitutional judgment even in the context of legitimate interpretive controversy.
Mariah Zeisberg is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University and has been a research fellow at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law and at Brown University’s Political Theory Project. Her primary research interests are in constitutional theory, philosophy of law, liberal and democratic theory, and American political development, with specific interests in the challenge that subjectivity, pluralism, and institutionally-rooted conflict pose to liberal ideas about political authority. Zeisberg’s first book, War Powers: The Politics of Constitutional Authority was recently released by Princeton University Press.