Powers of the president alone

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Powers of the president alone

  1. 1. Powers of the President ALONE• Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces• Wield the ‘executive power’ (head ofgovernment)• Receive ambassadors (head of state)• Appoint lower officials and key staff (EXOP)• Grant reprieves and pardons• Convene Congress in a ‘special session’
  2. 2.  Power of the President - SHAREDWITH SENATE• Make/ratify treaties• Appoint Ambassadors, Judges andCabinet Power of the President - SHAREDWITH CONGRESS• Approve legislation
  3. 3. Roles of the President• Military Commander• Congress and War Powers Act (1973)• Chief Executive• Executive Privilege
  4. 4. Key powers of the President• Power of persuasion - institutional advantage andpolitical capital (Bush post-9/11); personal skill(Clinton)• Two Presidencies (foreign vs. domestic)Rise of presidential power• Increased Salience of foreign Policy• Expansion of the Federal Government• Mass Media (especially TV)
  5. 5. Executive Establishment• Cabinet and Departments• Vice President• Executive Office of the President
  6. 6. Legislative Leader• Agenda Setting (State ofthe Union)• Coalition Building(Influencing Members)• Bypassing Congress(‘Going Public’; Vetobargaining)Party Leader• Coat-tails• Fundraising

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