• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explore the relationship between the US Presidency,The Supreme Court, Congress and the States.

Extracts from this document...


Explore the relationship between the US Presidency, The Supreme Court, Congress and the States. When exploring the relationships between the three branches of government and the states, one must first define each branch, and then analyse this relationship. In order to do this, I will need to carefully compare and evaluate the constitutional powers and checks and balances placed on each branch within each state. This will lead me into discovering how these relationships operate in reality. The US President, often referred to as the 'most powerful man in the world' is frequently misunderstood by casual observers when the issues of his power and authority over the American country are addressed. ...read more.


Although Article II of the American Constitution sets out the powers of the President, it is rather generalised and modest. None of the powers of the President are entirely set out in the constitution, but are bounded by checks and balances. For example, the President has the power to nominate members of the executive and candidates for the Supreme Court; on the other hand this requires the majority of support in the Senate. Another constitutional power of the President is Commander-in-Chief. In spite of this, the Congress has been given the sole right to declare war on any other country or city that attacks the USA in any form. ...read more.


Article II of the constitution states that, 'The president shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their consideration such measures, as he shall judge necessary and expedient.' This shows that the President can only propose legislation to the Congress, and this can be done in a number of was. Firstly, he can put forward such legislations through the annual State of the Union Address, at anytime through conferences or making announcements at public events. In George W. Bush's first two years in office he proposed education reforms, tax cuts and anti-terrorist measures. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level United States section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level United States essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    Are supreme court justices politicians in disguise?

    4 star(s)

    Under Chief Justice Warren, the Supreme Court went under a highly controversial period. These liberal courts took it upon themselves to 'update' the constitution to make it a living document relevant to our times. Roe v. Wade (1973) is a prime example where the Supreme court used the implied right

  2. Where Power Lies in Congress

    This was evident in 1982 when Phil Gramm switched to GOP after a dispute with the Democrat leadership when he shared Democrat Budget Caucus plans with Reagan's budget task force. In 2001, Jim Jeffords was given chairmanship of the H.E.L.P.

  1. Assess the power and significance of congress.

    If the republicans had two thirds in each house, it would render the president powerless in the passage of law, as even if he veto'd, he could be over ridden. Also, he could be a bit more restrained in foreign policy without such a majority.

  2. "What Factors contribute to a 'Failed' presidency? Illustrate your answer with examples from the ...

    Some presidents, in spite of this, sought to strengthen party ethics and veracity, they included Ford, Reagan and JFK. They all emphasised their belief in the merits of their political party. As Ford endorses in 1975, "As president and as a member of the Republican Party and the leader of

  1. The United States' Congress is perhaps one of the most powerful legislative Assemblies' in ...

    It was both the President and Supreme Court which filled the gap, with the Civil Rights Act in 1964 being iniated by President Johnson. However the reasons for the declining role of Congress was not just due to the increase in Presidential power, but the obstacles existent in Congress itself.

  2. '9 politicians sitting on a bench.' Critically evaluate this description of the US Supreme ...

    This could be perceived in one of two ways. The first is that Bush may have elected Souter based solely on his ability as a judge, which is suggested by the fact that he made decisions that Bush may not have made, or alternatively, Bush chose Souter as Bush thought Souter would reflect the president?s own judicial and political

  1. Critically analyse the appointment and confirmation process for nominees in the US Supreme Court

    However modern day criticism of the appointment and confirmation process centres on accusations of politicisation[2]. ?Presidents politicise the process as they chosen a justice whose political and judicial philosophy reflects their own. Republican presidents want to pick a justice who is conservative and takes a strict and literal view of the constitution.

  2. Discuss the view that the presidency is not a powerful office

    For instance when the $447 billion Jobs Act stalled in Congress, Obama signed five executive statements to get the measures completed. Notable executive orders used by presidents showing power through powers given by the constitution are G.W. Bush?s order to create military tribunals for terrorist suspects and blocking several pieces

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work