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Constitutionalism, Democracy and Foreign Affairs
Author: Louis Henkin

ISBN: 9780231072298
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 125
Published: 17 May 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 16.5 x 0.9

In 1989, the people of the United States celebrated the bicentennial of their country's Constitution. At the same time Americans observed the continuing miasma of the Iran-Contra affair. Although we celebrated the longevity of the Constitution, the Iran-Contra affair can be seen as a result of the problems brought about by the fact that the framers of the Constitution envisioned a republic very much different from the United States today. Over the centuries each branch of the Federal government has aggrandized its consitutional powers, breeding constitutional controversy, instability, and occasional crisis. In "Consitutionalism, Democracy, And Foreign Affairs" Louis Henkin addresses a highly controversial yet neglected aspect of Consitutional jurisprudence -the governance of foreign affairs. Henkins examines whether our constitutional blueprint for the conduct of foreign affairs is appropriate to the democracy we have become, or whether it might be desirable to consider constitutional change.

Looking first at the wrangling between Congress and the President for foreign affairs jurisdiction, including questions related to th...

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