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The Legal Power to Launch War : Who Decides?.

Author: Michael Head; Kristian Boehringer
Publisher: Milton : Routledge, 2018.
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The issue of who has the power to declare war or authorise military action in a democracy has become a major legal and political issue, internationally, and is set to become even more pertinent in the immediate future, particularly in the wake of military action in Syria, ongoing wars in the Middle East, and tense discussions between the United States and its allies, and Russia and China. This book comparatively  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Head, Michael.
Legal Power to Launch War : Who Decides?
Milton : Routledge, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Head; Kristian Boehringer
ISBN: 9781351965576 1351965573 9781351965569 1351965565 9781351965552 1351965557 9781315264943 1315264943
OCLC Number: 1076809182
Notes: The representative tradition: proposals for parliamentary authorisation
Description: 1 online resource (337 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Preface; Introduction: what is at stake?; Why this book?; Intensifying war preparations; Rising military spending; Warnings of another world war; What would a nuclear war look like?; Some fundamental problems of analysis; Common political and socio-economic assumptions; References; Chapter 1: War and democracy; Who actually exercises the power?; Is democracy compatible with war?; The driving forces of war; A new period of contested hegemony; Escalating US-led wars; Domestic factors Legislatures as a legitimising factor in war-makingParliamentary involvement in promoting war; Britain's historical record: overturning democratic constraints; References; Chapter 2: Vietnam, Iraq and the 'war on terror': deception, war propaganda and legislative approval; Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers; Iraq and the Chilcot Report; Deception and war propaganda; Broader conclusions about the 'war on terror'; Implications for democracy; References; Chapter 3: Increasingly unrestrained war powers in the United States: from Truman to Trump US post-war hegemony and the soaring profits of the military-industrial complexConstitutional conflicts; Formal declarations of war; Conclusion; References; Chapter 4: Britain's royal war prerogative reasserted and reinforced; Syria 2018: executive war powers reinforced; Parliament's role brushed aside; Exactly who holds the war powers?; Vast royal prerogative powers protected; A contrary view?; The monarchical powers, their evolutiom and shifting justifications; The 20th-century record; War Powers Act proposal abandoned 2016; The revealing failure of 'reform' proposals The voice of the political and military establishmentA cosmetic proposal; Renewed calls for a War Powers Act; 'Non-justiciability' and other legal devices: the complicity of the courts; References; Chapter 5: From Whitehall to the White House: the war power in Australia-from legal subordination to political subservience; Introduction: idiosyncrasies of the Australian war power; Australian subordination to Britain; Brief independent exercise of the war power; The alliance between Australia and the United States, and the consequences for the Australian exercise of the war power The Australian Constitution, federal legislation and the war powerThe development and exercise of the war power in Australia: from last shillings and melancholy duty, to coalitions of the willing and beyond; The governor-general as a check on war-making power?; Summing up Australian war powers; Domestic implications of unfettered executive war power: a nascent police state and the potential for continual warfare; References; Chapter 6: The failure of reform proposals: an Australian case study; Australian reform proposals; The autocratic tradition: the executive war power prerogative

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The issue of who has the power to declare war or authorise military action in a democracy has become a major legal and political issue, internationally, and is set to become even more pertinent in the immediate future, particularly in the wake of military action in Syria, ongoing wars in the Middle East, and tense discussions between the United States and its allies, and Russia and China. This book comparatively examines the executive and prerogative powers to declare war or launch military action, focusing primarily on the United States, Britain and Australia. It explores key legal and constitutional questions, including: who currently has the power/authority to declare war? who currently has the power to launch military action without formally declaring war? how, if at all, can those powers be controlled, legally or politically? what are the domestic legal consequences of going to war? In addition to probing the extensive domestic legal consequences of going to war, the book also reviews various proposals that have been advanced for interrogating the power to commence armed conflict, and explores the reasons why these propositions have failed to win support within the political establishment.

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