Chapter 12 - ChapterOverview

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Chapter Overview The framers created a presidency with limited powers. To enact government business, the  president must cooperate with Congress, but powers are divided among the branches, and the  politics of shared power has often been stormy. In general, however, the role and influence of  presidents have increased in the course of the nation’s history.  The expansion of presidential influence has been a continual development during the past  several decades. Crises, both foreign and economic, have enlarged these powers. When there  is a need for decisive action, presidents are asked to supply it. Congress, of course, is  traditionally expected to share in the formulation of national policy. Yet Congress is often so  fragmented that it has been a willing partner in the growth of the presidency. At the same time,  Congress is constantly setting boundaries on how far presidents can extend their influence. 
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