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Unformatted text preview: Historical Origins of the American Presidency, Part II LECTURE 2 : PLACING THE PRESIDENCY IN THE POLITICAL ORDER Placing the Presidency in the Placing the Presidency in the Constitutional Order Constitutional Order Placing the Presidency in the Placing the Presidency in the Constitutional Order Constitutional Order • How did the Framers understand the new political system set up by the Constitution? Placing the Presidency in the Placing the Presidency in the Constitutional Order Constitutional Order • How did the Framers understand the new political system set up by the Constitution? • What was the president’s role in that system? Placing the Presidency in the Placing the Presidency in the Constitutional Order Constitutional Order • How did the Framers understand the new political system set up by the Constitution? • What was the president’s role in that system? – What was the president’s constitutional job description? Placing the Presidency in the Placing the Presidency in the Constitutional Order Constitutional Order • How did the Framers understand the new political system set up by the Constitution? • What was the president’s role in that system? – What was the president’s constitutional job description? – What would constitute appropriate constitutional behavior? Placing the Presidency in the Placing the Presidency in the Constitutional Order Constitutional Order • How did the Framers understand the new political system set up by the Constitution? • What was the president’s role in that system? – What was the president’s constitutional job description? – What would constitute appropriate constitutional behavior? • How have expectations regarding presidential leadership changed over time? The Constitution as The Constitution as a Standard of Conduct a Standard of Conduct The Constitution as The Constitution as a Standard of Conduct a Standard of Conduct • A written constitution is a tangible A written constitution is a tangible yardstick yardstick – To evaluate the behavior/actions of government To evaluate the behavior/actions of government leaders for their legitimacy and public propriety leaders for their legitimacy and public propriety What does a Constitution Do? What does a Constitution Do? What does a Constitution Do? What does a Constitution Do? • Establishes a set of governing institutions What does a Constitution Do? What does a Constitution Do? • Establishes a set of governing institutions • Assigns responsibilities to each institution What does a Constitution Do? What does a Constitution Do? • Establishes a set of governing institutions • Assigns responsibilities to each institution • Delegates specific powers to act on those responsibilities What does a Constitution Do?...
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