Ch 9: The U.S.'s Executive Branch

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The U.S.'s Executive Branch chapter of this Civics Study Guide course is the simplest way to master information about the U.S. executive branch. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of the U.S. executive branch.

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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a U.S. executive branch unit of a standard social studies course. Topics covered include:

  • The president's roles within the U.S. government
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the presidential nomination process
  • Differences between primary and general elections
  • Voter representation in the Electoral College
  • Campaign finance regulation and reform
  • Factors influencing voter behavior in presidential elections
  • The evolution of presidential campaigns and elections
  • Presidential appointees in the executive office
  • Factors affecting presidential decision making
  • Structure and function of bureaucracy
  • Types of presidential power

11 Lessons in Chapter 9: The U.S.'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.

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.

Factors that Influence Voters During Presidential Elections

6. 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.

The Evolution of the Contemporary Presidential Election

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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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