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POLS1101_Full_Presidency - The Presidency The Presidency...

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Unformatted text preview: The Presidency The Presidency Chapter Seven What happened historically to transform the president from the chief clerk of the government to a formidable politician whose preferences must be taken into account? All modern presidents seek the publics support for their policies. But does their ability to sway public opinion really help them in dealing with other politicians in Washington, and if so, how? Does the growth of the institutional presidency risk transforming Americas executive into an isolated imperial office? Important Questions Important Questions President Bush: Use of signing statements claim of unitary executive prerogatives assertion of right to modify or ignore legislation What is the unitary executive? holds that presidents may: remove all subordinates in the executive branch direct these subordinates to take a particular action veto any objectionable actions, including those mandated by Congress advocated by Justice Antonin Scalias 1988 dissent of ruling on the presidents ability to remove special prosecutors Power of the President Power of the President Questions regarding the scope of the presidents command: Nixon impounding previously appropriated money Budget and Impoundment Act of 1974 other statutes and rulings relating to presidential intrusion Questions still remain: Constitution silent on key aspects of separation of powers authority relations between Congress and the presidency (i.e., who has greater authority over national policy?) why would the Founders remain silent on certain issues? impossible to list every conceivable conflict Concept of the imperial presidency: rarely a fair label unitary executive doctrine unlikely to be accepted as represen- Power of the President Power of the President Trick in designing an energetic presidency lies in avoiding a Napoleon: someone who would use the temporary advantages conferred by a national crisis to permanently alter the constitutional order The Historical Presidency The Historical Presidency Framers intentionally designed the presidency to allow its occupant to rise to demands for quick and concerted action during times of national crisis: created a focal point for coordinating collective action president best situated to propose a coordinated response lack of "internal checks," unlike Congress The Historical Presidency The Historical Presidency The Historical Presidency The Historical Presidency President given enough resources to respond to emergencies but insufficient authority to usurp...
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This note was uploaded on 01/16/2011 for the course POLS 1101 taught by Professor Cann during the Fall '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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