Lecture1 - Designing an Designing an Executive Branch of...

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Unformatted text preview: Designing an Designing an Executive Branch of Executive Branch of Government Government PART I: REPUBLICANISM AND THE PART I: REPUBLICANISM AND THE PROBLEM OF EXECUTIVE POWER PROBLEM OF EXECUTIVE POWER IN THE FOUNDING ERA IN THE FOUNDING ERA The Essential Presidential Problematic • Too many presidential responsibilities • Too few formal presidential power resources . Constitutionally Enumerated Powers • Qualified veto • Provide information on the State of the Union • Recommend to Congress measures “necessary and expedient” • Obtain written opinions from dept heads on issues within their jurisdiction • Nomination powers • Grant reprieves and pardons • Adjourn Congress if House/Senate can’t decide on time themselves The Presidential Problematic • Too many presidential responsibilities • Too few formal presidential power resources . The Presidential Problematic • Too many presidential responsibilities • Too few formal presidential power resources . • Question : How did it get that way? The Presidential Problematic • Too many presidential responsibilities • Too few formal presidential power resources . • Question : How did it get that way? – One variation : How do modern presidents come to be saddled with a constitution that denies them adequate formal powers? The Presidential Problematic • Too many presidential responsibilities • Too few formal presidential power resources . • Question : How did it get that way? – One variation : How do modern presidents come to be saddled with a constitution that denies them adequate formal powers? – Alternative : How did the Founder’s presidency evolve to be so far removed from its constitutional origins? The Presidential Problematic • How do modern presidents come to be saddled with a constitution that denies them adequate formal powers? The Presidential Problematic • How do modern presidents come to be saddled with a constitution that denies them adequate formal powers? – Answer : Look to the Founding generation • Political problems • Intellectual and cultural resources • Political experiments The Framers • The constitutional architects as political scientists – Belief in a science of politics The Framers • The constitutional architects as political scientists – Belief in a science of politics • History not random or chaotic – There is order, pattern, predictability The Framers • The constitutional architects as political scientists – Belief in a science of politics • History not random or chaotic – There is order, pattern, predictability • Rationality in human behavior is often overwhelmed by passion and self-interest The Framers • The constitutional architects as political scientists – Belief in a science of politics • History not random or chaotic – There is order, pattern, predictability • Rationality in human behavior is often overwhelmed by passion and self-interest • The priority of institutional design –...
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This note was uploaded on 05/02/2010 for the course POLITICAL 140B taught by Professor Jamesscott during the Spring '10 term at UCLA.

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