Mastering Presidential Government: Executive Power and the Bush Administration

  • Shirley Anne Warshaw


The administration of George Walker Bush has been characterized by a concerted effort to exert executive prerogatives and to enhance presidential management of the executive branch. Using a vast array of administrative tools, President Bush successfully dominated the policy process in both domestic and international affairs with minimal opposition from Congress. By using administrative tools and by exercising both inherent and implied constitutional authority, President Bush was able to implement numerous components of his campaign agenda without seeking legislative support. In particular, President Bush moved forward a pro-business, pro-life, conservative agenda by mastering presidential government.


Foreign Policy Stem Cell Research Presidential Government Executive Order Bush Administration 


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