09 - POLSCI 3/24/09 Real Nature of Presidential Power...

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POLSCI 3/24/09 Real Nature of Presidential Power Presidential power derives from the art of persuasion—“presidential power is the power to persuade” (Neustadt 1990) The power to persuade is the willingness to bargain, compromise, negotiate with other actors Presidents need to be “lovers of politics” (Neustadt 1990) Separate institutions that share power between President and Congress. Whatever power is usually shared by another branch—they are needed. Looking to find practical solution. Constitution doesn’t say President is Head of State, but he is the “natural” one to do it. Bush, Days before 9/11 Job approval-50%, right after 9/11 shot up to 90% (all time record). During times of crisis it becomes hard for other actors to criticize the President because it looks unpatriotic. Power to declare war-given to Congress, but the President has taken that a long way. “To the Best of My Ability”
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2011 for the course POLI 1101 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '06 term at UGA.

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09 - POLSCI 3/24/09 Real Nature of Presidential Power...

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