Social Studies - 2018-19
CE.6d - Roles and Powers of the Executive Branch
The student will apply social science skills to understand the American constitutional government at the national level by
d) describing the roles and powers of the executive branch.
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
The executive branch plays a key role in the policymaking process.
Presidential power has grown in the years since the Constitution was ratified, but there are limits on what the president can and cannot do.
Ways the executive branch influences policymaking
Delivering an annual speech to Congress (State of the Union address)
Approving or vetoing legislation
Appointing officials who help carry out the laws
Issuing executive acts/orders
Appealing directly through the media and communications with citizens
Cabinet departments, agencies, and regulatory groups execute the laws.
The president exercises power as
chief of state: ceremonial head of the government
chief executive: head of the executive branch of government
chief legislator: proposer of the legislative agenda
commander-in-chief: head of the nation’s armed forces
chief diplomat: American foreign policy leader
chief of party: leader of the political party that controls the executive branch
chief citizen: representative of all of the people.