PSC 101: Chapter 13

  1. Commander in Chief:
    The role of the president as commander of the national military and the state national guard units (when called into service)
  2. War Powers Resolution:
    A resolution of Congress that the president can send troops into action abroad only by authorization of Congress, or if American troops are already under attack or serious threat.
  3. Executive Agreement:
    An agreement, made between the president and another country, that has the force of a treaty but does not require the Senate's "advice and consent."
  4. Executive Privilege:
    The claim that confidential communications between a president and close advisers should not be revealed without the consent of the president.
  5. Veto:
    The president's constitutional power to turn down acts of Congress. A presidential veto may be overridden by a two-thirds vote of each house of Congress.
  6. Pocket Veto:
    A presidential veto that is automatically triggered if the president does not act on a given piece of legislation passed during the final ten days of a legislative session.
  7. Legislative Initiative:
    The president's inherent power to bring a legislative agenda before Congress.
  8. Executive Order:
    A rule or regulation issued by the president that has the effect and formal status of legislation.
  9. Cabinet:
    The secretaries, or chief administrators, of the major departments of the federal government. Cabinet secretaries are appointed by the president with the consent of the Senate.
  10. National Security Council(NSC):
    A presidential foreign-policy advisory council composed of the president; the vice president; the secretaries of state, defense, and the treasury; the attorney general; and other officials invited by the president.
  11. White House Staff:
    Analysts and advisers to the president, often given the title "special assistant."
  12. Kitchen Cabinet:
    An informal group of advisers to whom the president turns for counsel and guidance. Members of the official Cabinet may or may not also be members of the Kitchen Cabinet.
  13. Executive Office of the President(EOP):
    The permanent agencies that perform defined management tasks for the president. Created in 1939, the EOP include the Office of Management and Budget, the Council of Economic Advisers, the National Security Council, and other agencies.
  14. Mandate:
    A claim by a victorious candidate that the electorate has given him or her special authority to carry out promises made during the campaign.
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PSC 101: Chapter 13
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