A Glossary of US Politics and Government by Alex Thomson

By Alex Thomson

This thesaurus explains the main techniques, associations, personalities and occasions most typically stated within the educating people politics and govt. The emphasis is on accessibility with the intention to offer scholars with a prepared resource of data that may complement middle analyzing. The booklet may help scholars to handle any gaps they might have of their figuring out folks politics which, in flip, will make learning this attention-grabbing topic the entire extra profitable and enjoyable.

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The House of Representatives has no such cloture rule, as debates in this chamber are assigned time constraints. Commander in Chief Article One, Section Eight of the US constitution assigns the President the role of Commander in Chief of the United States military. He or she is responsible for the military’s deployment, and assignment of duties. In order to maintain checks and balances, M538 - THOMSON TXT M/UP 36 13/12/06 12:27 pm Page 36 Phil's G4 Phil's G4:Users:ph US POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT A–Z although the president commands these forces, only Congress may declare war.

Electoral law in the state of Florida, however, required a result to be declared within seven days of the poll. After several court cases contested between the Bush and Gore camps, trying to establish whether Gore had the right to a manual recount or not, the matter arrived at the Supreme Court, which settled the issue in favour of George W. Bush. C cabinet The highest committee within the federal executive branch, consisting of the President, Vice President and department heads. A number of non-department heads may also be given ‘cabinet-level rank’ and invited to M538 - THOMSON TXT M/UP 22 13/12/06 12:27 pm Page 22 Phil's G4 Phil's G4:Users:ph US POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT A–Z attend these meetings.

Unlike the parliamentary systems of Europe, the US cabinet is very much only an advisory panel for the chief executive. The President alone is responsible for decisionmaking, and there is not a ‘first amongst equals’ understanding. The US constitution makes no mention of the cabinet, and its members have no powers independent of those of the President. Indeed, cabinet influence has waned historically. In more recent times, Presidents have also sought advice from alternative committees, such as the National Security Council.

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