Leading the Executive Branch: Strategies and Options for Achieving Success

Leading the Executive Branch: Strategies and Options for Achieving Success

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This paper describes the rising power of the modern U.S. presidency, including strategies that presidents adopt to achieve responsiveness from the growing number of federal departments. The authors focus on centralization of power in the White House; political use of the appointment power; creative use of the vice president, First Lady and executive orders; and a key recommendation of the 2003 Volcker Commission: comprehensive reorganization.