ERIC Number: ED310048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
The Executive Branch and the Constitutional Order. College-Community Forums.
Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, Washington, DC.
Even though the first citizens of the United States were skeptical about singular authority, the Constitution gave the president independent authority and strong powers. But as chief executive, he would be responsible to the people for the exercise of those powers. The modern presidency is a product of 200 years of growth and experience, yet much of the complexity seen in the office today is a product of the last 50 years. The current White House staff has grown to approximately 500, required by the ever-expanding role of government in these complex times. This large staff necessitates that each president develop his/her own personal managerial style. Some question whether such a powerful presidency tends to overawe Congress and exert too much power, and if the ever-increasing size of the executive branch drains the energies of the president and reduces his/her ability to lead and govern. Others call for a more powerful president and argue in favor of a line-item veto. Throughout history, the flexibility of the balance of powers has helped to maintain a strong and enduring form of government, able to withstand the constant battle for supremacy between the executive and the legislative branches. The document concludes with a list of 18 references. (PPB)
Descriptors: Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Federal Government, Governmental Structure, Political Power, Power Structure, Presidents of the United States, United States History
Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, 808 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20006 (no charge).
Publication Type: Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Community; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution