After the Rubicon
challenges the conventional wisdom of congressional irrelevance in
military affairs by illuminating the diverse ways in which
legislators have influenced the conduct of military affairs from the
end of Reconstruction to the present day. Even in politically
sensitive wartime environments, individual members of Congress
frequently propose legislation, hold investigative hearings, and
engage in national policy debates in the public sphere. These
actions influence the president’s strategic decisions as he weighs
the political costs of pursuing his preferred military course.
Marshaling a wealth of quantitative and historical evidence, the
book reveals the full extent to which Congress materially shapes the
initiation, scope, and duration of major military actions.
The Casualty Gap
shows how the most important cost of American military campaigns–the
loss of human life–has been paid disproportionately by poorer and
less-educated communities since the 1950s. Drawing on a rich array
of evidence, including National Archives data on the hometowns of
more than 400,000 American soldiers killed in World War II, Korea,
Vietnam, and Iraq, this book is the most ambitious inquiry to date
into the distribution of American wartime casualties across the
nation, the forces causing such inequalities to emerge, and their
consequences for politics and democratic governance.
Mobilizing the Public Against the President: Congress and the Political Costs of Unilateral Action. (with Dino Christenson).
American Journal of Political Science.
Constitutional Qualms or Politics as Usual? The Factors Shaping Public Support for Unilateral Action. (with Dino Christenson).
American Journal of Political Science.
All the President's Senators: Presidential Co-Partisans and the Allocation of Federal Grants. (with Dino Christenson).
Legislative Studies Quarterly.
Costs, Benefits, and the Malleability of Public Support for Fracking. (with Dino Christenson and Jillian Goldfarb).
Self-Interest, Partisanship, and the Conditional Influence of War Taxation on Support for War in the United States (with Breanna Lechase and Rosella Cappella Zielinski).
Conflict Management and Peace Science.
Building Public Support for Science Spending: Misinformation, Motivated Reasoning, and the Power of Corrections (with Jillian Goldfarb).
Science Communication. 39: 77-100.
Geographic Proximity to Coal Plants and U.S. Public Support for Extending the Production Tax Credit. (with Jillian Goldfarb and Marric Buessing).
Energy Policy. 99: 299-307.
The Elasticity of Reality and British Support for the War in Afghanistan. (with Graham Wilson).
British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 18: 559-580.
Conscription, Inequality, and Partisan Support for War (with Francis Shen).
Journal of Conflict Resolution. 60: 1419-1445.
Presidential Particularism and
Divide-the-Dollar Politics (with Andrew Reeves). 2015.
American Political Science Review. 109: 155-171.
War on Capitol Hill: Battlefield Casualties, Congressional Response, and
Public Support for the War in Iraq (with Francis Shen). 2014. American
Journal of Political Science. 58: 157-174.
Investigating the President:
Committee Probes and Presidential Approval, 1953-2006 (with Eric Schickler).
Journal of Politics. 76: 521-534.
Reassessing American Casualty Sensitivity: The Mediating Influence of
Inequality (with Francis Shen).
Journal of Conflict Resolution. 58: 1174-1201.
Authorization Paradox: Syria and Congress' Continued Relevance in
Military Affairs. 2014. Presidential Studies Quarterly. 44:
Partisanship: Public Support for the Clinton and Obama Health Care Plans
(with Andrew Reeves). 2014. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.
The Influence of Federal Spending on Presidential
Elections (with Andrew Reeves). 2012. American Political Science
Review. 106: 348-66. Supplemental
How Citizens Respond to Combat Casualties: The
Differential Impact of Local Casualties on Support for the War in
(with Francis Shen). 2012. Public Opinion Quarterly.
Limited War and American Political Engagement
(with Francis Shen). 2009.
Partisan Dynamics and the Volatility of Presidential Approval
(with Liam Schwartz). 2009.
Journal of Political Science.
Divided Government and Congressional
Investigations (with Liam Schwartz). 2008. Legislative Studies
Quarterly. 33: 295-321.
Dynamics of Vice Presidential Selection
(with Mark Hiller). 2008.
Presidential Studies Quarterly.
Iraq Casualties and the 2006 Senate Elections
(with Francis Shen). 2007. Legislative Studies Quarterly. 32: 507-530.
World War II and the Variance of Presidential
Public Opinion Quarterly. 70: 23-47.