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How Will Election Affect Presidential Executive Power? Rutgers Expert Available to Comment

New Brunswick, N.J. (Nov. 2, 2020) – John J. Farmer, Jr., director of Rutgers University-New Brunswick’s Eagleton Institute of Politics, is available to comment on how the presidential election will affect the use of presidential executive power, whether under a continued Trump presidency or a Biden presidency.

“President Trump, like Bush and Obama, has acted unilaterally from a school of thought that the president has inherent executive authority – although, unlike his two predecessors, he has done so to advance a more personal agenda as in Ukraine. But if he is reelected we may see the Senate more willing to exercise oversight, even if the Republicans retain control of the senate, due to his status as a second-term president,” Farmer said.

“If Biden is elected then, given his history in the Senate, we may see more of an attempt to work more collaboratively with Congress, at least initially. There will always be tension between the president and Congress, but his legislative background may enable him to work with Congress to a greater extent than Bush, Obama or Trump.”

Farmer discusses the topic further in “What Happens Next Election Edition: Presidential Executive Power,” part of a series of interviews with Rutgers faculty on how the election may affect matters of national interest.

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ABOUT THE EAGLETON CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEREST POLLING (ECPIP)

Home of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, ECPIP was established in 1971 and is the oldest and one of the most respected university-based state survey research centers in the United States. Now in its 48th year and with the publication of over 200 polls, ECPIP’s mission is to provide scientifically sound, non-partisan information about public opinion. To read more about ECPIP and view all of our press releases, published research, and data archive, please visit our website: eagletonpoll.rutgers.edu. You can also visit our Facebook and Twitter.

ABOUT THE EAGLETON INSTITUTE OF POLITICS

The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling is a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. The Eagleton Institute studies how American politics and government work and change, analyzes how the democracy might improve, and promotes political participation and civic engagement. The Institute explores state and national politics through research, education, and public service, linking the study of politics with its day-to-day practice. To learn more about Eagleton programs and expertise, visit eagleton.rutgers.edu

ABOUT RUTGERS—NEW BRUNSWICK

Rutgers University–New Brunswick is where Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, began more than 250 years ago. Ranked among the world’s top 60 universities, Rutgers’s flagship university is a leading public research institution and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. It is home to internationally acclaimed faculty and has 12 degree-granting schools and a Division I Athletics program. It is the Big Ten Conference’s most diverse university. Through its community of teachers, scholars, artists, scientists, and healers, Rutgers is equipped as never before to transform lives.

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