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  1. Introduction.
  2. The Republican Party.
  3. The first thing that the Bush administration set out to do.
    1. George Bush: Changing the nature of executive power.
    2. Invoking the use of signing statements to change the nature of the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005.
  4. The context of the Bush presidency.
  5. Bush's use of the 'administrative mechanisms.
  6. Conclusion.
  7. Bibliography.

Since the United States Constitution was written, there has been a constant tug-of-war for power between the three branches of government: the executive branch, the judicial branch, and the legislative branch. In this time, the executive has been able to acquire many powers which include being Commander in Chief of the Army, the power to grant executive orders and signing statements. All of these branches work with, and against each other by navigating through a system of checks and balances which is in place to ensure that no one branch of government gets too powerful. This allows each branch to balance each other out, in theory, based on the will of the electorate. These checks and balances include procedural rules that let the branches control each others power, for example the executive's (President's) ability to veto a bill from Congress, or Congress' ability to change the composition and jurisdiction of the federal courts.

[...] President Bush and his closely-allied network have sought to, and been successful in making the office of the executive much more powerful than it had been for a long time. They did so in many cases by using the signing statement power which allows the president to write in clauses that release him from being affected by the law. As was mentioned to, Bush has increased the power of the executive so much, that the Presidents of the future might have dangerously too much power, and a strong reluctance to give any of it up. Bibliography Edsall, T. B. (2006). Building Red America. [...]


[...] New York, NY: Basic Books. Gore, Al (2007). The Assault on Reason, New York: The Penguin Press. Huffington, A. (2008). Right is Wrong. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf. Kelley, C.S. & Marshall, B. W. (2008). The Last Word: Presidential Power [...]

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