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The Presidency. Wilson 14A. Objective Questions. Who Governs?. To What Ends?. Did the founders expect the presidency to be the most important political institution? How important is the president’s character in determining how he governs?. Should we abolish the electoral college?

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the presidency

The Presidency

Wilson 14A

objective questions
Objective Questions

Who Governs?

To What Ends?

Did the founders expect the presidency to be the most important political institution?

How important is the president’s character in determining how he governs?

Should we abolish the electoral college?

Is it harder to govern when the presidency and the Congress are controlled by different political parties?

intent of the presidency
Intent of the Presidency

Imperial Presidency

Helpless Giant

Unique to US

Prime Minister

Outsiders

Separate Cabinets

Divided government

Rival branches

Often no majority in Congress

Gridlock?

Unified government myth

creation of the institution
Creation of the Institution
  • Framers feared anarchy and monarchy equally
    • Plural executive
    • Elective monarchy
    • Trusted/needed Washington
  • Top concerns
    • Use militia to overpower states
    • Become a tool of the Senate
    • Elections and terms
      • ELECTORAL COLLEGE
early presidents
Early Presidents
  • Washington – legitimacy, factions, bureaucracy, foreign relations
  • Jackson – popular, growing union, challenge Congress
  • Antebellum – weakened executive
  • Lincoln – broad use of power
  • Reconstruction – opposition to Congress
  • FDR – New Deal, legislative program, large staff, media
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