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Ch 7: The U.S. Executive Branch

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Use our lessons and quizzes to learn about the powers of the executive branch of the federal government. See how the president appoints staff members, learn what the cabinet does and explore problems with the bureaucracy.

The U.S. Executive Branch - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll learn about the powers of the executive branch of the U.S. government, with lessons on the president's duties and how presidential staffers and cabinet members are appointed. You will also explore influences on presidential decision making.

Our instructors will detail the bureaucracy, including its role and structure. You will learn about problems of bureaucracy and bureaucratic accountability. After watching all the lessons in this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe the president's roles
  • Explain the process used to appoint executive staff members
  • Show how national and partisan constituencies influence the president's decisions
  • Identify characteristics of a bureaucracy
  • Name some factors that contribute to problems with the bureaucracy
  • Report on institutions that hold the bureaucracy accountable

These brief and engaging video lessons are developed and taught by professional instructors who simplify each topic and make learning fun. The multiple-choice quizzes at the conclusion of each lesson allow you to practice taking tests in this format. They also help you assess your knowledge and see where you need more study. You can contact the instructor if you have additional questions.

9 Lessons in Chapter 7: The U.S. Executive Branch
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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.

Staffing the Executive Office: Presidential Appointees & the Appointing Process

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

The Problems of Bureaucracy: Contributing Factors

6. The Problems of Bureaucracy: Contributing Factors

In this lesson, we will examine some of the problems of bureaucracy, including red tape, conflict, duplication, imperialism, and waste. Then, we'll take a look at a few ways in which the government has attempted to solve these problems.

The History & Impact of Governmental Bureaucracy in the U.S.

7. The History & Impact of Governmental Bureaucracy in the U.S.

In this lesson, we will examine the history of the American bureaucracy. We will trace its development from its earliest days through its growth in the 19th and 20th centuries and up to the present.

The Presidency, the Cabinet & the Bureaucracy

8. 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.

Bureaucratic Accountability: Definition & Institutions

9. Bureaucratic Accountability: Definition & Institutions

In this lesson, we will look at some of the many ways in which the president, Congress, and the courts hold the bureaucracy accountable, or responsible, for its actions and performance.

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