Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Collision of Political and Legal Time: Foreign Affairs and the Court's Transformation of Executive Authority
by Fletcher, Kimberley Liane, Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany, 2014, 567; 3620215
Abstract (Summary)

A dynamic institutional relationship exists between the United States executive branch and the United States Supreme Court. This dissertation examines how the Court affects constitutional and political development by taking a leading role in interpreting presidential decision-making in the area of foreign affairs since 1936. Examining key cases and controversies in foreign policymaking, primarily in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, this dissertation highlights the patterns of intercurrences and the mutual construction process that takes place at the juncture of legal and political time. In so doing, it is more than evident that the Court not only sanctions the claims made by executives of unilateral decision-making, but also that the Court takes a leading role in (re)defining the very scope and breadth of executive foreign policymaking.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Novkov, Julie
Commitee: Miroff, Bruce, Sommer, Udi
School: State University of New York at Albany
Department: Political Science
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 75/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: American history, Social research, Political science
Keywords: American political development, Executive politics, Historical institutionalism, Judicial decision-making, Unilateral powers, War powers
Publication Number: 3620215
ISBN: 9781303899584
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