Friday, January 16, 2015

Griffin on Zeisberg and the Defensive War Theory

Stephen Griffin

Last October Jim Fleming of BU was kind enough to host me and Mariah Zeisberg for a conference on our recent books on presidential war powers.  I've posted my conference paper to SSRN, commenting on similarities and differences between our books.  The paper also independently includes a substantial critique of the "Hamiltonian" version of the defensive war theory, a key pillar of presidentialist approaches to war powers.  That part of the paper is not meant to be a critique of Mariah's excellent book.  It's just that reading her book reminded me that I could have said more about the defensive war theory in my own book Long Wars and the Constitution.

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