Chapter 13 � The Presidency

Chapter 13 � The Presidency - Chapter13ThePresidency

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Chapter 13 – The Presidency 01/11/2011 19:01:00 Overview have to please the activists in their party  and  the general party few constitutional powers such as the veto and the appointment; successful in  claiming to have inherent powers; power to check several of these powers and has  the ultimate check of impeachment power to persuade important political actors, a power that depends as much on the  dignity of the office as specific powers propose major initiatives at the beginning of their terms when their popularity is the  highest Presidential Constituencies National Constituency pres. is only person elected by all the people -> only can persuasively claim to be  speaking for the country as a whole and use national constituency effectively get blamed for things over which they have no control Partisan Constituencies
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must be attentive to the active members and leaders of their party, who are more  extreme in positions  Partisan Support in Congress members of party vote 80-90 percent and others vote 40-50 percent question the desirability of divided government, with one party controlling the  presidency and another party controlling the congress Separate Institutions Sharing Power - fail to secure passage of major leg. Agendas or make imp. Compromises to win  congressional approval - can only govern with the help of congress -> “a government of separated  institutions which share power.” The Power to Inform and Persuade 1. Early use of persuasion power – used much more publicly today than in the republic
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