Ch 10: AP US Government and Politics: The Executive Branch

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and learn about the functions and responsibilities of the Executive Branch of the U.S. government. The quizzes that follow each of the lessons can help you gauge your comprehension of the materials.

The Executive Branch - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The Executive Branch of our government includes the President, the Vice President and 15 Cabinet members who are appointed by the President after he takes office. This branch of the government enforces the law and is responsible for the administration of the state. After watching lessons on the executive branch, you should be able to:

  • Explain the constitutional roots of the presidency
  • Understand the factors that contribute to the image of the President
  • Discuss the duties of the Vice President

Video Objective
Constitutional Origins of the Presidency Explore the qualifications necessary to become president, and learn about tenure, term and succession.
Presidential System of Government: Roles of the President Learn about the President's roles as head of state and head of government.
Staffing the Executive Office: Presidential Appointees and the Appointing Process Discover which positions are appointed by the President.
Presidential Decision Making: How National and Partisan Constituencies Shape Decisions Explore the roles these constituencies play in the President's decision-making processes.
Presidential Powers: Major Types and Examples Discover how the President's powers and roles evolve over time.
The Presidential Image: Contributing Factors and Importance Discuss how the President's personality influences how he is perceived by the public.
The Vice Presidency: Appointment, Role and Duties Learn about the responsibilities of the Vice President.

11 Lessons in Chapter 10: AP US Government and Politics: The Executive Branch
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Constitutional Origins of the Presidency

1. Constitutional Origins of the Presidency

The U.S. presidency originates from the U.S. Constitution. Constitutional provisions outline the president's qualifications, term and tenure, succession order, and grounds for impeachment. This lesson explores those provisions.

Presidential System of Government: Roles of the President

2. Presidential System of Government: Roles of the President

The following lesson discusses the seven roles that the President of the United States has. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

Staffing the Executive Office: Presidential Appointees & the Appointing Process

3. Staffing the Executive Office: Presidential Appointees & the Appointing Process

The United States president appoints, or selects, people to serve in many different positions in the federal government. This lesson identifies the various positions appointed by the president and explains the appointment process.

Presidential Decision Making: How National & Partisan Constituencies Shape Decisions

4. Presidential Decision Making: How National & Partisan Constituencies Shape Decisions

The United States President must make many important decisions on behalf of the nation. This lesson explores presidential decision making, including the role that the national constituency and partisan constituencies play.

Presidential Powers: Major Types & Examples

5. Presidential Powers: Major Types & Examples

Our United States Constitution established three branches of government, including an executive branch headed by the U.S. president. This lesson discusses the powers and roles of the president.

The Presidential Image: Contributing Factors & Importance

6. The Presidential Image: Contributing Factors & Importance

A president's public image, or perceived character, plays an important role in the presidential campaign. It also plays an important role in the president's popularity and lasting reputation. This lesson takes a look at the presidential image.

The Vice Presidency: Appointment, Role & Duties

7. The Vice Presidency: Appointment, Role & Duties

The United States vice president is elected alongside the president, and serves as our nation's second highest-ranking public official. This lesson explains the appointment, role, and duties of the U.S. vice president.

The 22nd Amendment: Definition, Summary & History

8. The 22nd Amendment: Definition, Summary & History

The 22nd Amendment establishes a two-term limit for the presidency. We'll discuss its history, starting with Washington, and the motivations for passing the amendment.

Implied Powers of the President of the U.S.

9. Implied Powers of the President of the U.S.

The writers of the U.S. Constitution gave the president the power to do specific things, but they also tried to plan for unforeseen circumstances by giving the president unspecified powers. These are called implied powers, and we'll take a look at what they are and how they've been used.

What is a Presidential Veto? - Definition, Override & Examples

10. What is a Presidential Veto? - Definition, Override & Examples

The following lesson will cover one of the president's most important powers: the presidential veto. There will be a short quiz to check your understanding following the lesson.

Presidential Executive Order: Definition & Example

11. Presidential Executive Order: Definition & Example

Presidential Executive orders are rules issued by the president to an executive branch of government. These orders are law. This lesson explains what Executive orders are and how they are used.

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