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Imperial from the BeginningThe Constitution of the Original Executive$
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Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300194562

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300194562.001.0001

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The Executive Power “of Appointing, Overseeing, and Controlling Those Who Execute the Laws”

The Executive Power “of Appointing, Overseeing, and Controlling Those Who Execute the Laws”

(p.171) Chapter Eight The Executive Power “of Appointing, Overseeing, and Controlling Those Who Execute the Laws”
Imperial from the Beginning

Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the power of the president over offices and its appointed officers, and their function as part of the executive. While the U.S Constitution states that the Congress shall have the discretion to create offices and determine the salaries and responsibilities of the appointed officers, the president has the authority to nominate and appoint an executive officer in an office with the counsel and consent of the Senate. The president can direct these officers' execution of the law and their actions related to foreign relations and defense. He also has the power to dismiss the officers at will. Once in office, executive officers should relieve the president of the burden of executive details and help exercise presidential powers. Without subordinates, the executive power is feckless and cannot possibly serve as an active force, since so few aspects of executive power can be exercised without the aid of others.

Keywords:   U.S. president, offices, U.S. Constitution, officers, Congress, executive power, executive office, Senate

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