TITLE

MAKING THE SEPARATION OF POWERS WORK

AUTHOR(S)
Hamilton, Lee H.; Van Dusen, Michael H.
PUB. DATE
September 1978
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Fall1978, Vol. 57 Issue 1, p17
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article explores the significance of better management of executive-congressional relations and conflict for an effective and coherent U.S. foreign policy. Congressional attempts to attach policy conditions to its authorizations and appropriations and its attempts, through the so-called legislative veto, to control how policy is carried out in practice, have led to growing concern in some quarters about the steadiness of overall U.S. foreign policy. U.S. Congress has to balance its role as adversary and as partner in the foreign policy process, its role as critic and supporter, its inside, private game and its outside, public game, its appropriate role in confronting the executive branch in policy formulation and its uneasiness in standing back and watching policy implementation when it does not agree with how the policy is being executed. Effective prior consultation, better information flow and education on the issues are the best available vehicles to lubricate the foreign policy process, reduce frictions and ensure that out of any foreign policy debate over what policy to pursue there emerges a coherent strategy that has been significantly strengthened by congressional participation. Members of both branches must be willing to listen, as well as advocate, and show a sensitive understanding of their respective constitutional roles.
ACCESSION #
4853844

 

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