About This Chapter
The United States Executive Branch Overview - Chapter Summary
Take a look inside this U.S. government chapter to explore the executive branch. Our expert instructors can help you break down the role, powers and responsibilities of the president and the executive branch, as well as the factors that influence the presidential decision-making process. These engaging video lessons are available 24/7, and you can make sure you fully understand these executive branch concepts by taking the included self-assessment quizzes. When you're finished with the chapter, you'll be able to:
- Evaluate the responsibilities and power of the executive branch
- Assess topics related to the presidency, the cabinet and the bureaucracy
- Recognize the major types of presidential powers
- Explain how partisan and national constituencies shape the decisions of the president
1. Executive Branch of Government: Definition, Responsibilities & Power
The executive branch of government is responsible for enforcing the laws of the United States. Learn more about the executive branch, its responsibilities, and the extent of its power. Afterward, take a short quiz to check your understanding of the executive branch.
2. The Presidency, the Cabinet & the Bureaucracy
In this lesson, we will explore the relationships between the president and the bureaucracy. We will focus especially on the cabinet, independent regulatory agencies, and the Office of Management and Budget.
3. 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.
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.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 160 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.
Other chapters within the U.S. Government: High School course
- Ideals of Government
- Foundations of U.S. Government
- History & Amendments of the U.S. Constitution
- Federalism Overview
- The United States Legislative Branch Overview
- The United States Judicial Branch Overview
- Influential U.S. Presidents & Speeches
- Landmark United States Court Cases
- United States Political Parties Overview
- Voting & Elections in the United States
- The American Electoral Process
- Public Opinion, Media & American Politics
- Interest Groups in U.S. Politics
- Civil Rights & Liberties in the United States
- State & Local Government Overview
- Political Systems & World Politics Overview
- Economic Systems & Global Trade Overview
- The United States & International Relations
- Global Environmental Interdependence Overview