Ch 54: The Executive Branch of the U.S. Government

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Check out this self-paced social studies chapter to review basic information about the U.S. government's executive branch. This series of lessons and self-assessment quizes helps you prepare for upcoming exams, complete class assignments, bring up your grades or catch up in class.

The Executive Branch of the U.S. Government - Chapter Summary

This comprehensive online chapter offers simple video lessons that describe the functions, structure, powers and characteristics of the executive branch. As you progress through the chapter, you'll become familiar with the president's roles, the election process, executive office staffing, the bureaucracy and much more. You can complete the chapter at your own pace, and it's accessible on any device that has an Internet connection. Be sure to take the accompanying lesson quizzes and chapter exam to solidify your knowledge. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe the roles of the president
  • Outline the process of nominating a presidential candidate
  • Differentiate between primary and general elections
  • Summarize the Electoral College process
  • Identify campaign finance sources and regulations
  • Trace the evolution of modern presidential elections
  • Explain the process of staffing the executive office
  • Understand how presidential decisions are made
  • Compare the major types of presidential powers
  • Recognize the characteristics of the bureaucracy

10 Lessons in Chapter 54: The Executive Branch of the U.S. Government
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Presidential System of Government: Roles of the President

1. 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.

Nominating a Presidential Candidate: The Process & Its Strengths & Weaknesses

2. Nominating a Presidential Candidate: The Process & Its Strengths & Weaknesses

The nomination process for United States president contains several different steps. This lesson outlines the modern nomination process for the offices of president and vice president and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the process.

Primary Election Versus General Election: Definition & Differences

3. Primary Election Versus General Election: Definition & Differences

In the United States, we use two different types of presidential elections. Both primary and general elections are used to determine a winning candidate. This lesson explains primary and general elections, including the differences between the two.

The Electoral College: Definition & Process

4. The Electoral College: Definition & Process

In the U.S., our presidential elections are decided using the Electoral College. The system is meant to balance election power between the federal and state governments. This lesson explains what the Electoral College is and how it works.

Campaign Finance: Sources, Regulations & Reform

5. Campaign Finance: Sources, Regulations & Reform

Modern presidential campaigns often last up to two years and involve extensive media operations. This means a successful campaign will be expensive. This lesson discusses campaign finance, including sources, regulations, and reform efforts.

The Evolution of the Contemporary Presidential Election

6. The Evolution of the Contemporary Presidential Election

Presidential elections have changed a great deal over time. These days, elections are well-publicized and hard-fought. This lesson takes a look at contemporary presidential elections and campaigns.

Staffing the Executive Office: Presidential Appointees & the Appointing Process

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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.

What Is the Bureaucracy? - Role, Structure & Characteristics

10. What Is the Bureaucracy? - Role, Structure & Characteristics

In this lesson, we will study the American bureaucracy. We will explore its nature and characteristics, examine its role and functions, and take a close look at its human face.

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