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-Congress isn’t set up to do comprehensive reform -Don’t evaluate Congress in terms of huge bills (health care) SERVING A DEMOCRATIC PUBLIC, OR A PLURALIST SYSTEM, MEANS ENACTING PROGRAMS, WHICH MEANS GOVERNMENT GROWS -Citizens love programs & hate big government -Democratic Congress of the 1970s; Republican Congress of the mid 1990s through 2006 -When evaluate Congress, evaluate it in the way it’s organized SIDE NOTE: -Both parties grow government just on different issues, it’s a product of Congress’ organization -Government grows, aka programs grow
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THE PRESIDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES OUTLINES OF THE PRESIDENCY BUREAUCRAT IN CHIEF IMPLEMENTING (AS OPPOSED TO EXECUTIVE) PUBLIC POLICY- INCLUDING THE LAWS PASSED BY CONGRESS & THE DECISIONS OF THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY VAST POWERS FOR COORDINATING POLICY ACROSS DISPARATE ISSUES -Council of Economic Advisors or National Security Council POLICYMAKING AT THE BROADEST LEVEL -Big “R” Reform HEAD OF STATE & DOMINATES FOREIGN POLICY POLITICAL & ADMINISTRATIVE LINES OF AUTHORITY “ISSUE MYOPIA” -President focuses on 1 issue at a time KEY INSTITUTIONAL FEATURES CONSTITUTIONAL POWERS OF THE PRESIDENT DO NOT AMOUNT MUCH: -Commander in chief of the military -Execute law -Makes treaties -Appoint 500- high-level government officials (w/ senate approval) & 2500 other positions -At least 35 years old, natural born citizen, lived in the us for 14 years -4 year term; unlimited to 2 terms by the 22 nd amendment THE REAL POWER OF THE PRESIDENT PRESIDENTIAL INFLUENCE IS BEST UNDERSTOOD IN TERMS OF: -Using the small amount of formal authority wisely (leadership) -Leveraging the power of professional reputation -Nurturing public prestige SIDE NOTE: -Presidents have reputations that have to do with their cognitive abilities, work ethic, & skills of managing people (reputations) -Presidential power= power to persuade
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IN OTHER WORDS, PRESIDENTIAL POWER IS THE POWER TO PERSUADE- TO GET PEOPLE TO GET PEOPLE TO DO THINGS THEY WOULD NOT OTHERWISE DO
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