8 R - POLS 206-508 R 11/8 President I Presidential Power II Constitutional Authority Head of State Head of Government President I Presidential

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POLS 206-508 R 11/8 President I. Presidential Power II. Constitutional Authority Head of State Head of Government President I. Presidential Power It is a myth that the president holds all of the power. Some presidents use more of their resources to do a better job. The president is not the only political player in the system. The president has no power to command Congress to do something. He cannot introduce legislation in Congress. President is supposed to be the leader but the executive branch is made up of many civil servants who cannot be dismissed for partisan reasons. These civil servants are not elected! President doesn’t want to appear to be too partisan. Just because he has a big hatchet doesn’t mean he will/should use it. Richard Neustadt wrote Presidential Power in 1960s and tried to figure out why some presidents were better at their jobs than others or got more accomplished…claims that the best tool a president can have is bargaining. Then Neustadt tries to determine what resources a president needs to
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course POLS 206 taught by Professor Someonethatwasjusttryingtogettheirdoctorate during the Fall '06 term at Texas A&M.

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8 R - POLS 206-508 R 11/8 President I Presidential Power II Constitutional Authority Head of State Head of Government President I Presidential

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