American Government and Public Affairs

Within the executive branch of the United States government, the president has powers can influence public policy. In this assignment, you will be tasked with examining those powers.

Assignment Guidelines:

  • Address the following in 400-600 words:
    • President Barack Obama has acted based on Executive Authority on a number of occasions during his Presidency. His administration has often cited the inability of the legislature to reach agreement on policy issues because of politics as the reason for taking executive action.
      • Provide 2–3 examples of President Obama’s use of presidential powers in the last 18 months.
      • Identify and discuss the public policies that have been at issue using these presidential powers.
    • Have Presidential powers evolved over time, or were they a result of a major event? Explain in detail. Do you believe that the evolution of Presidential powers is a positive for our democracy, or does it infringe upon the duties of the legislature?

Use a minimum of 1 reference to reinforce your thoughts. Be sure to include in-text citations and a reference list using APA style.

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