This mean there is very little power provided for the constitution. He has to have the initiative to make things happen. The presidential power is inconclusive when he commands but remains relevant when persuading. The key to power, Neustadt believes, is the ability to persuade people. Neustadt contends that the power of the President is constantly in jeopardy, and that the ability to persuade is necessary for the president not only to gain power, but to also maintain his power. The president"tms main task is to persuade others that his idea is the best for everyone. Neustadt believes the president's ability to influence people is necessary to move the three branches of government into action. He says that there are several necessary qualities that a president must have in order to exert this influence. The president must be tenacious while also understanding of others. If he wants to get anything done, he must be persistent, but it is necessary that he listens to the opinions of others and uses their suggestions. As an aspect of his persistence, a president must be able to rebound from adversity. Then, he will have the respect and confidence of the people. "The President"tms advantages are checked by the adv
David Price states that a member should defend Congress right or wrong. It is tempting to trash the institution, but is "also deceptive and irresponsible" (Price 209). It may also be "politically profitable to run for congress by running against it" (Price 209). However the results of running against the institution may be hard to recover. As Price states, "the institution bleed from 435 separate cuts" (Price 209). Each cut represent each member of the House of Representatives. In the short run, if each member of the House of Representatives runs against the institution, they will win the campaign and place a cut into the institution. However, in the long run, they will lose the public support. The members of Congress must defend Congress, regardless of right or wrong.
"Confronted with three simultaneous subcommittee hearings, a member often has a choice: pop in on each of the three for fifteen minutes or choose one and remain long enough to learn and contribute something. It is also essential to delegate a great deal to staff and to develop a good mutual and understanding within the office as to when the member"tms personal direction and attention are required" (Price 208).
"Lawmakers who wish to do more than simply defer to the strongest and best-organized interests on a certain matter must give some attention to explaining their actions and educating their actions and educating their constituents, helping them place the issue in broader perspective or perhaps activating alternative bases of support. And the extent to which a member is willing and able to undertake such explanations is ethically as well as politically significant" (Price 208).
Richard Neustadt"tms book discusses that the political parties are composed of separated organization sharing public authority. This mean the White House has too small of a share in nominating congressmen. Likewise, Congress has too little weight in nominating president. "Party links are stronger than supposed, but nominating processes assure party separation" (Neustadt 216). This mean even through the parties seem to be strong in linking, the nomination separates the links. Overall, there are separations in the strong parties.
Neustadt does a good job of describing the factors that contribute to how a president exhibits his power through the major events of an administration and how a president can lose credibility and power as result of a major issue. Neustadt have an incredible knowledge of the history of American politics, and have had first hand experience as counsel to the president. In fact, he believes that an increase in presidential power would be good for the country and is not to be feared. In essence, he contends that presidents should strive for power and strives for it on their own. Neustadt believes that presidents gain power through good, hard work and persuasion. In short, Neustadt thought that an increase power would be positive. Neustadt discusses how presidential power can improve the presidency and the government, and enumerates the traits necessary to achieve it.
Neustadt discusses his views on the separation of powers. He states there no such a thing as a separation of powers. In the Constitutional Convention, there is only " a government of separated institutions sharing powers" (Neustadt 216). This means that the different departments of the government are able to share in both the legislative and decision making processes. This enables the four parts of the separation of government, the President,