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  1. unitary executive theory
  2. How much power do presidents really have, and under what circumstances do they exercise it?
  3. executive agreement
  4. constitutional authority (presidential)
  5. unilateral action (presidential)
  1. a powers derived from the provisions of the Constitution that outline the president's role in government
  2. b the idea that the vesting clause of the Constitution gives the president the authority to issue orders and policy directives that cannot be undone by Congress
  3. c any policy decision made and acted upon by the president and his staff without the explicit approval or consent of congress
  4. d Ambiguities in the Constitution and in statutory authority allow the president to act unilaterally- that is, to change politices without congressional approval. All recent presidents have taken unilateral actions especially on foreign policy and at the end of their terms. Congress can try to undo unilateral presidential actions by passing legislation with a veto-proof, two-thirds majority. Even then, reversing the president's action may require a court challenge if the president claims he is using constitutional authority. Congress also has te power to remove the president from office through the impeachment procedure. Impeachment is a cumbersome and politically risky strategy, however, and it has never been successfully used to remove a president.
  5. e an agreement between the executive branch and a foreign government which acts as a treaty but does not require Senate approval.

5 Multiple Choice Questions

  1. one role of the president, through which he or she represents the country symbolically and politically
  2. one role of the president, through which he or she has authority over the executive branch.
  3. a president's use of speeches and other public communications to appeal directly to citizens about issues the president would like the House and Senate to act on
  4. the percentage of Americans who feel that the president is doing a good job in office.
  5. The president's duties include overseeing the implementation of legislation; appointing senior government officials and federal judges; issuing executive orders; serving as military commander in chief; directing America's foreign policy; proposing, signing and vetoing legislation; and carrying out other duties. The president is a politician who needs to cultivate citizens' support to get reelected, to pressure Congress to enact his proposals, and to help elect candidates from his party. Even after 220 years of American history, the limits of presidential power in such areas as national security and executive privilege remain unclear

5 True/False Questions

  1. vesting clauseone role of the president, through which he or she represents the country symbolically and politically

          

  2. first-mover advantagethe president's power to initiate treaty negotiations. Congress cannot initiate treaties and can only consider them once they have been negotiated

          

  3. State of the Unionone role of the president, through which he or she has authority over the executive branch.

          

  4. two presidenciesa president's use of speeches and other public communications to appeal directly to citizens about issues the president would like the House and Senate to act on

          

  5. Executive Office of the President (EOP)an agreement between the executive branch and a foreign government which acts as a treaty but does not require Senate approval.

          

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