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To War or Not to War: That is the Question

  • Philip Giddings

Abstract

The decision to go to war is arguably the most significant decision a state can make. Who decides that question says much about the distribution of power within a political system. In some cases, for example, the United States of America, it is a decision regulated by the Constitution and by legislation.1 In the United Kingdom, ‘the decision to use military force is, and remains, a decision within the Royal Prerogative and as such does not, as a matter of law or constitutionality, require the prior approval of Parliament’.2

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Prime Minister Military Force Military Action Mass Destruction Biological Weapon 
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  1. 1.
    Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution, 1973. See James M. McCormick, American Foreign Policy and Processes, F E Peacock Publishers, 1998, p. 327ff.Google Scholar

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© Philip Giddings 2005

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