Identify and explain the organization of the
Executive: The organization of the executive
branch is a bureaucracy. Its employees
(bureaucrats) hold specific responsibilities.
The president is head of the executive branch
and has key aides working under him. The vice
president’s role is determined by his
relationship with the president. The secretaries
are in charge of specific programs and the Chief
of Staff helps the president make political
6. Identify how the power of
the Executive has/may evolve
gradually: Presidents have
begun to make more use of
their formal powers and
expanding their inherent
powers. These are implied
powers to the president not
specifically stated in the
constitution. The president
is also given a lot of
congressional flexibility and
this expansion has increased
over the years.

2. Identify and provide an example of the powers of the Executive, both formal
and informal: An informal power of the executive branch is executive agreements.
This allows the president to work around the congressional power of to make
treaties. A formal power is his title of Commander in Chief of the armed forces.
The president is able to make important military decisions.

3. Identify and explain how Executive shares powers with the Congress, Judiciary,
and bureaucracy: the president is able to veto any legislation that he does not
support. However, Congress can override vetoes with a 2/3 vote. The judicial
branch ensures that the legislation Congress passes is constitutional.

5. Discuss the functions that Executive performs: as chief
legislator, the president can convene congress and
propose legislation. He issues executive orders and
appoints officials and ambassadors. He is commander in
chief and head of his political party. The president
proposes budgets and addresses the nation in his State of
the Union Address.

10. Identify and discuss the ties
between the Executive and media:
The president automatically gets
any television air time that he
needs. The media keeps constant
tabs on the president and usually
portrays him in a negative way.

4. Discuss the implications of Executive sharing
powers with each of the following: Congress,
Judiciary, and bureaucracy: As head of his political
party, the president challenges and influences
Congress. The judicial branch is able to declare
the presidential actions unconstitutional.

7. Identify how the power of the Executive has/may changes
dramatically as a result of crisis: in times of crisis, the
president can make executive orders to get around Congress’s
power to form treaties. He can also not officially declare war
but can send troops because of his position as Commander in

8. Identify and discuss the ties
between the Executive and
political parties: The executive is
head of his political party. He
leads the nation based on his
stance of political ideologies.

9. Identify and discuss the ties between the Executive and interest
groups: Interest groups that share the same political views as the
president may gain more presidential support. As they attempt to
pass legislation through Congress, the president can approve or
veto it.
11. Identify and discuss the ties between the Executive and state and local
governments: the executive can advise the state and local governments.
However, they have their own specific powers. The supreme court is able
to declare things unconstitutional at the state and local levels.