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The Presidency: Election, Powers, and Practice - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
In this chapter, the instructors show you what goes on in the lead-up to an election year, both now and in years past. They can also help you identify factors that affect voter turnout and individuals' decisions at the poll or explore some of the changes that take place once the winner takes office. Additional lessons are available to help you review the system of checks and balances designed to limit presidential powers and assess factors affecting a president's popularity. This chapter is designed to introduce you to:
- Presidential nomination processes
- History of presidential election campaigns
- Presidential roles and powers
- Factors influencing presidential decision-making
|Nominating a Presidential Candidate: The Process & Its Strengths & Weaknesses||Discuss the contemporary nomination processes for the offices of president and vice president. Evaluate these processes' strengths and weaknesses.|
|Primary Election Versus General Election: Definition & Differences||Distinguish between the purposes and processes involved in primaries and general elections.|
|The Electoral College: Definition & Process||Explain how the U.S. Electoral College works.|
|Campaign Finance: Sources, Regulations, & Reform||Identify sources used to fund presidential election campaigns. Explore campaign funding regulations and their loopholes as well as the debate over campaign finance reform.|
|Factors that Influence Voters During Presidential Elections||Discuss factors that impact voting behavior in presidential elections, such as issues, party identification, and the candidates themselves.|
|The Evolution of the Contemporary Presidential Election||Consider the characteristics of a contemporary presidential election and discuss how campaigns have changed over time.|
|Staffing the Executive Office: Presidential Appointees & the Appointing Process||Identify the various positions appointed directly by the president, including the executive office and the cabinet.|
|Presidential Decision Making: How National & Partisan Constituencies Shape Decisions||Assess the roles both national and partisan constituencies play in presidential decision-making.|
|Presidential Powers: Major Types & Examples||Survey the evolution of the presidency's powers and roles. Explore the checks on presidential power.|
|The Presidential Image: Contributing Factors & Importance||Discuss factors that influence presidential popularity and reputation. Illustrate how the distinctive personality of each president affects the ways in which the White House is organized and perceived by the public.|
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Factors that Influence Voters During Presidential Elections
Many factors influence voters during presidential elections. The voter's background, party identification and view of the government's past performance are some of the important influences. This lesson examines influences on voter behavior.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10. 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.
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