Although the U.S. Constitution is frequently praised as providing the framework for one of the most balanced governmental systems in the world, it does have some conflicts. For example, there is an inherent conflict between Article I and Article II with respect to international trade. The president is the foreign negotiator, while Congress maintains regulatory power over trade. Think about what other conflicts you may have noticed in the Constitution. How can the government function with these types of conflicts? Which branch ends up winning?
To prepare for this assignment:
- Review Chapter 5, 5.5 in your course text, Constitutional Law: National Power and Federalism. Reflect on the roles of Congress and the president in foreign trade, negotiations, and affairs.
- Review the article, “Checks and Balances in Foreign Relations.” Consider whether or not the U.S. government is inefficient because of separation of powers.
- Think about the conflict between the legislative and executive branches in negotiating free trade agreements.
- Consider how that conflict has been resolved to allow the president to negotiate free trade agreements.
Due by Sunday January 17, 2016 a (1-2 page paper)
- Explain the conflict between the legislative and executive branches in negotiating free trade agreements.
- Explain how that conflict has been resolved to allow the President to negotiate free trade agreements.
- Support your work with specific citations from the Learning Resources. You are allowed to draw from additional sources to support your argument, but you must cite using APA standards. All quoted material must be identified, cited, and referenced per APA standards.