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Reading 49:

Sidney M. Milkis, The Presidency and Political Parties

1. What does Milkis mean by an isolated president, given that the president has a stronghold in the executive branch and a direct relationship with the public?

2. If modern presidents are increasingly isolated from the support of traditional political parties, what might replace that support?


1. Sidney Milkis argues that the modern presidency:

a) is increasingly tied to party politics.

b) is increasingly isolated from the public.

c) has forged a new and direct relationship with the public.

d) has usurped the traditional role of Congress.

2. According to Sidney Milkis, modern presidents must increasingly rely on which type of action to further their goals?

a) administrative

b) legislative

c) local

d) judicial
3. According to Milkis, the Nixon presidency was an important landmark in the development of the modern presidency because:

a) Nixon reversed many New Deal programs.

b) Nixon followed New Deal and Great Society trends by centralizing administrative power in the

executive branch.

c) Nixon’s resignation showed the strength of the New Deal coalition.

d) Nixon added foreign affairs to the growing responsibilities of the president.

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