Extract from our free course on the presidency.
2.13 Political parties can amplify presidential power. Modern presidents are treated as the leader of their party. Ambitious presidents who have enough supporters can use their party machinery to put pressure on federal legislators as well as state governors and legislators. For example, in his first one hundred days in office, President Franklin Roosevelt gained congressional support for a major program of economic reforms, branded as A New Deal for the American People, meant to stabilize the nation after the Great Depression. Many of these programs were of enormous consequence, including monetary and banking reforms and massive public works projects.
Image: Jimmy Carter. National Archives.
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