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Unit 5

Mastery
Project
Learning Objectives

by: Mushfiq Mostafa

Identify and explain the organization of


the Executive
The leader of the executive branch is the President of the US.
Assisting the President is his trusty cabinet members that help
advise him on various issues and topics. Aside from the cabinet, the
president is also informed/advised by government
organizations/agencies on specific topics/policies.

Identify and provide an example of the


powers of the Executive, both formal and
An example of the formal powers of the executive branch is to
informal.
negotiate treaties with foreign nations as well as lead the military
during times of war as he/she is the commander-and-chief of the
U.S military.

An example of informal powers of the executive branch surround


many aspects. One example would be how the president enacts
laws/acts/bills through executive order as a last resort due to
gridlock in Congress. Another informal power would be his/her
ability to wage war on a

Identify and explain how Executive shares


powers with the Congress, Judiciary, and
The executive branch shares powers with Congress, Judiciary, and
bureaucracy.

bureaucracy through an Balance of Powers. The executive branch


shares powers with the Congress through dealing with foreign
issues, passing bills, and planning/declaring war. As for the judiciary
branch, even though the president appoints judges, they have the
power to veto a presidents bills that he passes but rarely do
because the president usually appoints judges that usually reflect
their views.

Discuss the implications of Executive


sharing powers with each of the following:
Since the president
has to shareand
powersbureaucracy.
with 2 other branches of
Congress,
Judiciary,
government, this protects the people from a tyrannical form of
government. With this lack of power, it prevents overwhelming bias
within the government so it can reflect the will of the people.

Discuss the functions that Executive


performs.
The functions of the executive include:
Commander-in-Chief: Commands all branches of the US military.
Legislator: Power to veto bills by congress as well as agenda set to push for certain
bills to be pass by calling for special sessions in congress.
Chief-of-State: Symbol for US people and its govt.
Diplomat: Treaties, appoint ambassadors, in charge of foreign policy, executive
agreements, recognition of foreign governments.
Jurist: Appoints Fed. Judges, & Pardon power.

Identify how the power of the Executive


has/may evolve gradually.
As the country grows and evolves, so does the power of the executive. The president has
far more issues, and much more complicated issues than he did when the Constitution
was written. In order to meet these needs, the President has need to expand the use of
his inherent and enumerated powers to be able to fill the role that is required.

Identify how the power of the Executive


has/may change dramatically as a result of
During times of crisis the president is able to enact executive order to
crisis.
effectively apply laws or certain actions to get things done without
going through the process of congress.

Identify and discuss the ties between the


Executive and political parties.
As every president is associated with a particular political party,
theyre also the head of their political party leading all agendas
within the party. Although this isnt an exactly a power that is
formally declared with the executive branch, it is more of perk of
becoming the president as it helps the president avoid conflicting
agendas within his/her own party.

Identify and discuss the ties between the


Executive and interest groups.
As the country grows and evolves, so does the power of the
executive. The president has far more issues, and much more
complicated issues than he did when the Constitution was written.
In order to meet these needs, the President has need to expand the
use of his inherent and enumerated powers to be able to fill the role
that is required.

Identify and discuss the ties between the


Executive and media.
More often than not, the media portrays the president in a negative
light. The media tends to keep an eye on the president, waiting for
him to do something unfavorable. The media mostly acts as a
watchdog when it comes to the President. This act in itself helps
guide the executive in seeing what is desired and unfavorable by
the people. Though it may not alway be true due to media bias, it
will still represent a certain demographic of people that have their
interests aligned with that of the media group(s)

Identify and discuss the ties between the


Executive and state and local
State and Local governments still have to listen and obey the rules
governments.
and laws set by the Executive branch of government. In addition,
the executive branch has the ability to distribute money to the
states, which they then get to use as necessary.