Congress and foreign policy: Congressional action on the darfur genocide

Joseph Uscinski, Michael S. Rocca, Gabriel R. Sanchez, Marina Brenden

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As of January 2008, more than 400,000 people have been killed and more than 2.5 million people have been displaced in the regions of Darfur and Chad. This event has not gone unnoticed in the United States, as the 109th United States Congress (20052006) considered several measures in the House of Representatives to provide funding and peacekeeping forces to quell the violence in Darfur. The goal of this article is to explain individual members' of Congress (MCs') support for Darfur legislation by examining the influence of their individual, district, and institutional characteristics. The Darfur case provides the opportunity to analyze factors critical to congressional behavior in a context where there is reason to expect an MC's usual set of incentivese.g., reelection and adherence to partyto be less prominent. In all, we contribute to congressional and foreign policy research by parceling out the determinants of congressional support for foreign policy in comparison to domestic policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-496
Number of pages8
JournalPS - Political Science and Politics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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