FOR TEST: KNOW LECTURE THEMES AND BOLDED TERMS IN PIKA AND MALTESE
President Obamas cabinet
Non department cabinet level appointments
Environmental Protection agency Lisa Jackson; formerly head of NJ EPA
OMB Jeffrey Zients, acting director (forme
Fist lecture notes History 420
What is politics?
1. 1) the authoritative allocation of scarce resources for society
3. Individuals, institutions, the way decisions are made
4. Political fights
1. Who are the individuals?
2. Where does the audience
Be as specific as possible, if you talk about a term, then define that term. If you talk about a
person, then say who they are.
Probably will be 15 questions.
Not simple identifications; no trick questions. Read it and answer it, but say EVERYTHING that
Johnson as Senate Leader and VP:
Senate environment 1948 1960
Norms and persuasion
Dominant conservative Southern Democrats
Newly elected liberal Democrats (1956 58)
Insular relationship with media
Dynamics of 1960 Presidential campaign
Why Johnson for VP
Romney reasserted his position as a front runner in the 2/22 debate
Start of notes:
Role of Cabinet Secretary
They oversee the massive federal government. They implement the laws that are made. It seems
that recently, Presidents have listened much less to
What is a Presidents Economic Policy?
How does a President decide what to do about the economy?
How much control does the President have over the economy?
What are the key elements of the federal budget?
How does the federal budget process
Presidential Powers Continued:
Power to Persuade
Make Deals with Congress Obama had great coordination with Dem. Congress. But
once Repubs took house, this hasnt been the case. The house does not function when
there isnt a majority pa
The President and the Constitution
Must be able to name 3 formal powers of the President named in the constitution
Article II Formal Powers
Commander in Chief aimed to be a civilian so it never became a military ran country;
could trump military power
Republican Party Nomination Process:
Transition to primary
Until 2012, retained Unit Rule
AKA winner take all; they now say that if they have the primary between 2 dates then
they have proportional representation from the delegates
Florida defied this and
Nominating process lecture themes:
Over time, how has the balance of power changed among elite political actors, party
organizations, and voters who affiliate with a political party in determining the partys
Who actually chooses the