The Presidency

The Presidency - The Presidency Political Science 314 Fall...

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1 The Presidency Fall 2007 Political Science 314 Dr. Ackroyd Political Surveys tell us a variety of things about the American people and their system of government. Americans appear, for example, to expect a great deal from their government. They frequently become frustrated with the partisan bickering within Congress and between Congress and the President, and yet they distrust a government which is highly centralized and more efficient. Americans distrust politicians and hold them in very low esteem as a class, but have an extremely favorable view of their form of government. We find that Americans want a balanced budget, but do not want any substantial program cuts. Not surprisingly, we also find that the surveys indicate that Americans really know very little about their government. Within this system it is the Presidency which has become the institutions which Americans see as the key actor and in many ways the most controversy of the modern American governmental institutions. The purpose of this course, then, is to improve students’ knowledge of the American political system and, in doing so, to help them understand the reasons for, and the purpose of the institution which appears in the second article of the Constitution, the Presidency. This, it is hoped, will give students a better understanding of their political system, permit them to make political decisions more rationally, encourage greater political participation, and, in general, keep some of them from tearing their hair out at the roots and their blood pressure down. The course divides into three parts. First, it examines the presidency as a political actor which has an image, expectations by the public, and must be elected/ re-elected. The media plays a very important role in the building of the image and the election process, and therefore its role in this process will be a key part of this section. Secondly, the course looks at how
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