Presidents dont rely on the cabinet to make policy because they have such large

Presidents dont rely on the cabinet to make policy

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Presidents don’t rely on the cabinet to make policy because they have such large White House staffs, which offer the most advisory support they need. Role in Executive Branch: Advisory body: meets with the president to debate major policy decisions. Most have limited areas of expertise and cannot contribute much to deliberations in policy areas they know little about. The Executive Office of the President: the president’s executive aides and their staffs; the extended White House executive establishment. Employs around 2,000 individuals and has an annual budget of $500 million. President depends heavily on key aides. Staffers in the White House Office are likely to see themselves as responsible to the president alone. Presidents use their personal staff and the large Executive Office of the President to centralize control over the entire executive branch. Role in Executive Branch: Advise the president on crucial political choices, devise the general strategies the administration will follow in pursuing congressional and public support, and control access to the president to ensure that he has enough time for his most important tasks. National security advisor: provides daily briefings on foreign and military affairs and longer-range analyses of issues confronting the administration. Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council: report on the state of the economy and advise the president on the best way to promote economic growth. Senior domestic policy advisers: help determine the administration’s basic approach to areas such as health, education, and social services. 19
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Three powers of the Vice President. Carry out political chores campaigning, fundraising, and “stroking” the party faithful. Presides over the Senate and votes if there is a tie. Taking over the presidency if the president dies, becomes disabled, is impeached, or resigns. How can presidents get Congress to do what they want? What affects the ability of presidents to achieve their goals? Greatest success occurs immediately following their inauguration peak of their popularity. Best predictor of success in Congress is the number of fellow partisans in Congress, and whether the president's party has a majority in each chamber. Success in Congress is measured by how often the president wins his way on congressional roll call votes on which he takes a clear position. Causes of the growth of the bureaucracy. Increasing complexity of society: George Washington did not have an assistant administrator for water and hazardous materials because he had no need for one. Public’s attitude toward business changed: Little or no government regulation of business.
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  • Spring '17
  • Government, United States Congress, ​ immunity

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