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Edexcel Government and Politics Unit 4C Extended Themes in Political Analysis (American Politics) Comprehensive 35 page example booklet
This is an excellent and comprehensive revision guide to Edexcel's Government and Politics Unit 4C Exam (Extended Themes in Political Analysis, American Politics) and provides over 35 pages of recent, relevant examples, broken down into subtopic within the four main topics, including Congress, Constitution, Powers of the President and the Supreme Court. Contents includes:
Origins of Congressional Power
Powers of Congress
Limitations of Congressional Power
Exclusive Powers of the House of Representatives and its relative power
Exclusive Powers of the Senate and its relative power
How well does Congress scrutinise the Executive?
How well does Congress scrutinise Foreign Policy?
How well does Congress scrutinise the judiciary?
Gridlock in Congress
Representation of Congress
Speaker John Boehner
Partisanship within Congress
Factors influencing the votes of Congressmen
Is Congress ‘broken?’
(2) Supreme Court:
Origins of the SC
Judicial Philosophies, including: Judicial Restraint/ Conservative Judicial Activism and Judicial Review
The appointment and confirmation process of judges
Factors influencing the presidential nomination of judges
Politicisation of the process
Formal and Informal checks on the power of the SC
The Roberts Court (2009-Present)
Evidence of an ideological shift
Recent SC rulings
(3) The Presidency
President as Chief Legislator
Non legislative Powers of the President
President as Head of Executive Government (relating to the cabinet, selection of its members and its significance)
The Federal Bureaucracy
The Executive Office of the President and White House Office
National Security Council
How effectively does the President impose his will on the executive branch of government?
President as Head of State
President and Foreign Policy
The Bush Doctrine
Power of the Vice President
Joe Biden Profile
Is the President limited to ‘the power to persuade?’
Characteristics of a Partisan Presidency
Checks on the power of the President
Theories of Presidential power relating to the Imperial and Imperilled Presidency
(4) The Constitution
Amending the Constitution and List of 27 amendments
Checks and Balances to amend the constitution
Types of Federalism (Dual, Co-operative, creative, new)
Factors leading to the growth of federal government
Consequences of federalism
Federalism in the 20th Century
Political Views on the Constitution
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