The Limits on Presidential Powers Term Paper by Nicky

The Limits on Presidential Powers
A review of the powers granted to the President of the United States.
# 149923 | 941 words | 3 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 12, 2012 in Political Science (US Presidency)

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The paper reveals that despite the general perception that the President of the United States is the most powerful man on Earth, his authority is limited. This paper shows the actual powers of the President, the limitations in exercising this power, his relationship with the Congress and the means he can use to impose his convictions.

Powers of the President
Limitations of Presidential Powers
Tensions between President and Congress
Influential Power of the President

From the Paper:

"Within the democratic American system, the President is forbidden to implement any major decision without the approval of the Congress. In most occasions however, the consent of the Congress is rather difficult to acquire and this often leads to frictions in the relations between the two parties. So tense are these relationships that the President perceives his meeting with the Congress as the most demanding and largest milestone in his path. "The President often sees Congress as an obstacle to be overcome, and always has to calculate how his proposals will play out with Congress. He cannot dictate to Congress what he wants, and faces a huge task in communicating with Congress because of its size and diversity" (Hamilton, 2004).
"The frictions which occur between Congress and President have had a historical positive side in the meaning that they forced Presidents to forward flawless action plans, based on real facts, resource estimations and expected outcomes. Today however, the general perception is that these tensions are a means of stalling and they sit in the way of an effective political system. Nevertheless, it is recognized that they support the democratic system."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hamilton, L., 2004, Congress and the President, Center on Congress, last accessed on August 12, 2009
  • 2009, United States Government, MSN Encarta, last accessed on August 10, 2009
  • The Constitution of the United States of America, Cornell University Law School, last accessed on August 10, 2009

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