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Legislating International Organization: The US Congress, the IMF, and the World Bank

Kathryn C. Lavelle


Conventional understandings of U.S. foreign policy see Congress as an obstacle to multilateral cooperation. Kathryn Lavelle challenges the traditional view by considering Congress within the three branches of American government, as well as within networks of global politics. Using the notion of “Congressional advocacy” to refer to the process wherein American legislators use the institutional mechanisms of Congress to influence public policy and resource allocation decisions in international organizations, Legislating International Organization shows how members of Congress attach policy pres ... More

Keywords: U.S. Congress, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, International Organizations, multilateralism, legislature, congressional advocacy, U.S. foreign policy, Bretton Woods institutions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199765348
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765348.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathryn C. Lavelle, author
Case Western Reserve University