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Chapter Summary The Constitution grants comparatively few formal powers to the presidency. While allowing the commander in chief to serve as a forceful and energetic figure in foreign relations and times of crisis, the Framers established a far more modest role for the president in normal domestic politics. Indeed, for much of the history of our country, the president has been limited to serving as the government's "chief clerk" in charge of carrying out the wishes of other actors in government. Although the powers granted to the president by the Constitution have remained about the same over time, modern presidents have been able to extend their authority and resources through other means. In addition to the formal authority vested in the office by the Constitution, presidents have asserted
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Unformatted text preview: more "inherent" authority and, more important, have been the recipients of extensive delegated authority from Congress. As control of government has increasingly been divided across parties, the president has taken on a more important role in the legislative process. While Congress's ability to propose (rather than veto) legislation is an advantage in this arena, modern presidents have been able to take advantage of developments in mass communication to extend their power by shaping and mobilizing public opinion. The president is now the central figure in American politics, regardless of whether his party controls Congress. Presidents, especially in periods of divided government, engage in continuous and active attempts to mobilize public support for their policies....
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This note was uploaded on 06/25/2008 for the course SGIS 201 taught by Professor Rubenzer during the Summer '08 term at University of South Carolina Beaufort.

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