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Essay Questions



1. Discuss the ways in which presidential campaigning strategies are similar to and differ from presidential governing strategies. Be sure to consider how public opinion factors into these strategies and indicate how presidents attempt to garner support for a policy agenda.

2. Examine the ways in which the president’s foreign and domestic powers vary. In which arena does the president have more power, and has this changed over time?

3. Examine the structure and organization of the executive branch. How does each of the closest of the president’s circles influence his or her decision making?

4. Discuss the ways in which the Trump presidency is similar and different (behaviorally and institutionally) compared to other presidencies, as well as compared to that which is described in the Constitution.