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Modern presidents are CEOs with broad powers over the federal government. The United States Constitution lays out three hypothetically equal branches of government—the executive, the legislative, and the judicial—but over the years, the president, as head of the executive branch, has emerged as the usually dominant political and administrative force at the federal level. In fact, Daniel Gitterman tells us, the president is, effectively, the CEO of an enormous federal bureaucracy. Using the unique legal authority delegated by thousands of laws, the ability to issue executive orders, and the capacity to shape how federal agencies write and enforce rules, the president calls the shots as to how the government is run on a daily basis. Modern presidents have, for example, used the power of the purchaser to require federal contractors to pay a minimum wage and to prohibit contracting with companies and contractors that knowingly employ unauthorized alien workers. Presidents and their staffs use specific tools, including executive orders and memoranda to agency heads, as instruments of control and influence over the government and the private sector. For more than a century, they have used these tools without violating the separation of powers. Calling the Shots demonstrates how each of these executive powers is a powerful weapon of coercion and redistribution in the president's political and policymaking arsenal.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1. The President, Executive Orders and Memos, and Public Policy
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 2. The President and the Power of the Purchaser
  2. pp. 23-38
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  1. 3. Barack Obama and the Power of the Purchaser
  2. pp. 39-52
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  1. 4. The President and the Power of the Employer
  2. pp. 53-72
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  1. 5. The President and the Power of the Equal Opportunity Employer
  2. pp. 73-92
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  1. 6. Barack Obama and the Power of the Employer-in-Chief
  2. pp. 93-104
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  1. 7. The President and the Power of the Ethical Employer
  2. pp. 105-118
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  1. 8. The President and the Power of the Payer
  2. pp. 119-134
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  1. 9. Impact of the President's Executive Powers on Politics and Policy
  2. pp. 135-146
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  1. Appendixes
  1. Appendix 1: The Power of the Purchaser and Key Policy Outcomes
  2. pp. 147-152
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  1. Appendix 2: Obama, the Power of the Purchaser, and New Policy Areas
  2. pp. 153-154
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  1. Appendix 3: The Power of Employer-in-Chief and Policy Outcomes
  2. pp. 155-157
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  1. Appendix 4: Power and the Equal Opportunity Employer and Policy Outcomes
  2. pp. 158-161
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  1. Appendix 5: The Power of the Ethical Employer-in-Chief and Policy Outcomes
  2. pp. 162-163
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  1. Appendix 6: The Power of the Payer-in-Chief and Policy Outcomes
  2. pp. 164-168
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 169-254
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  1. References
  2. pp. 255-272
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 273-293
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815729037
Related ISBN
9780815729020
MARC Record
OCLC
965154307
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2017-02-07
Language
English
Open Access
No
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