Ch.9 Module - -1Ch.9 The Presidency Although the U.S...

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-1Ch.9 - The Presidency Although the U.S. Constitution is over two hundred years old, we still argue about many of the same issues that the framers did. The powers of the presidency still concern us. What powers belong to the president? Although some are clearly set forth in the U.S. Constitution, claims of inherent powers (implied but not explicitly enumerated in the Constitution) have led to many controversies through history. How presidents have expanded the powers of that office is key to understanding the nature of the modern presidency. In exercising leadership, the president has the resources of the executive branch on which to draw. None of these is more important than his personal staff. More broadly, he draws upon the Executive Office of the President and his cabinet. The task of presidential leadership is to translate his political vision into a concrete agenda and then to persuade the public and Congress to support the legislation that is derived from that agenda. The president is a popularly elected leader, and his political skills are critical for putting together a winning electoral coalition. The need to win favor with the public does not end with the election. A president’s popularity affects his standing with Congress and his overall ability to lead. Candidates who successfully put together an electoral coalition and win the presidency inevitably claim to have received a mandate from the public. In recent years a president’s ability to carry out the perceived mandate is made more difficult by divided control of government. The president is a world leader, too, and crisis management skills and diplomacy will affect the success of his administration. The way a president handles crisis and noncrisis decision making in the White House is often influenced by his “presidential character.” I. The constitutional basis of presidential power A. The delegates to the Constitutional Convention were wary of unchecked power. B. The Articles of Confederation failed in part because of the lack of a strong national executive. C. Delegates had to balance the need to check the power of the presidency with the need to make it powerful enough to provide effective leadership. D.
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Ch.9 Module - -1Ch.9 The Presidency Although the U.S...

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