Theories of Presidential Power Under Article Ii of the Constitution

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December 2, 2011
US Politics POLISCI 101.08

Theories of Presidential Power Under Article II of the Constitution

When first researching the topic for this paper, I found many interesting theories about implied presidential powers. There are many people out there with interesting theories, but I will summarize only three that I found fascinating to me. The first is a theory by Richard Neustadt who believes that Presidents have the power to persuade. The next, a theory by Samuel Kernell, theorizes the presidential powers in terms of “going pubic.” The last theory I will summarize, a theory by Stephen Skowronek, theorizes the president’s implied powers in terms of political time. Richard Neustadt’s theory of power to persuade is an interesting one. His theory serves as one of the most documented well-known theories of presidential power. As well as being a political scientist, he also served as an advisor for many United States Presidents. In his theory, he states that presidents cannot lead directly. If they really want something done, they cannot do it by themselves the power of the United States government is vastly dispersed and the president cannot, by himself, command and receive. Its much more complicated than that. Other levels of government have different constituencies and different sources of power and interest. The president is one individual and needs others to get things done. Neustadt states that presidential power is a “function of his or her ability to persuade relevant Washington actors that it is in their interest to cooperate.” The theory assumes that in the small “Washington community” with identifiable leaders that the president can negotiate with, both directly and indirectly. The leaders of said community can order their followers in support of the president’s wishes. The arrangement of orders is known in Neustadt’s theory as…...

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