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Unformatted text preview: U.S. Presidency Patrick Brandt U.S. Presidency GOVT 2302: American Politics Patrick Brandt U.S. Presidency Patrick Brandt U.S. Presidency Patrick Brandt Constitutional Provisions Must be a natural born citizen, at least 35 years old and a U.S. resident for 14 years. President is limited to two terms by the 25th Amendment Impeachment: the President may be impeached. House impeaches; Senate convicts with a 2/3 majority vote. Succession is in the 25th Amendment. The succession amendment resulted from FDRs presidency. U.S. Presidency Patrick Brandt Powers of the President Formal Powers (based explicitly on Constitution) Informal Powers (based on Constitution, congressional action, history) U.S. Presidency Patrick Brandt Formal Powers Lead armed forces as Commander-in-Chief Grant reprieves and pardons Request opinions from executive officials Negotiate treaties with the advice and consent of 2/3 of the Senate Appoint judicial and executive officers with Senate approval Provide information on the State of the Union Recommend policy to the Congress Call emergency sessions of Congress Veto legislation U.S. Presidency Patrick Brandt Implied Powers Initiating Military action Emergency Powers Executive Orders and Executive Agreements Impoundment of funds Executive Privilege Exercising abdicated congressional powers U.S. Presidency Patrick Brandt Other resources / skills Presidential Status: President can use his office to make a point or bargain with supporters. Public mobilization: use the bully pulpit. The president can get a national audience to influence policy Presidential popularity: How does popularity of the president affect his ability to govern? Presidential Persuasion U.S. Presidency Patrick Brandt Persuasion and bargaining The most important power of the president is the power to persuade. The power to persuade is the power to bargain. Neustadt The president may be able to offer inducements to members of Congress, but it is generally his persuasion which will win them over. U.S. Presidency Patrick Brandt Presidential Persuasion Policy Inducements: pork, campaign appearances, fund raising, other policy concession. Credibility and Reputation: President must have a credible position and be committed. Bargaining skills: President must bargain to get things done. U.S. Presidency Patrick Brandt Presidential Roles President as Chief Legislator President as Commander in Chief President as Chief Bureaucrat President as Party Leader U.S. Presidency Patrick Brandt President as Legislator Provide information to Congress. Propose legislation Propose a budget Veto Legislation U.S....
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