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....
View Full Document
- Summer '08
- President of the United States, Modern Presidents, extensive delegated authority, normal domestic politics