Chapter 13 - The Presidency

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Unformatted text preview: The Presidency Chapter 13 QuickTime * and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. kTime and a essed) decompressor see this picture. QuickTime and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. Presidential Constituencies • Presidents find it challenging to find the right balance between – their national constituencies created by the general election – and their partisan constituencies, shaped by the presidential primaries. – Both are important and both play a role in presidential decision making. Partisan Support in Congress • Presidents must consider their level of support in Congress. • Cannot take action on pledges without it – When they have large majorities in Congress, they are more likely to get their proposed legislation approved. – Divided government: • the control of the presidency by one party and the control of one or both houses of Congress by the other Separate Institutions Sharing Power • Presidents also face the fundamental divisions of power between the executive and legislative branches. – cannot force members of Congress to support presidential initiatives – must persuade The Power to Inform and Persuade • The President “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union.” – no congressional check – State of the Union address • Early Use of Persuasion Power – Early presidents rarely spoke in public. • Modern Persuasion Power – bully pulpit Neustadt: Power to Persuade • “I sit here all day trying to persuade people to do the things they ought to have sense enough to do without my persuading them…That’s all the powers of the President amount to.”-President Truman • “The essence of a President’s persuasive task is to convince such men that what the White House wants of them is what they ought to do for their sake and on their authority”-Neustadt • Related concept: “Going Public” (Kernell) The Veto Power...
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This note was uploaded on 07/21/2008 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Summer '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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