Daniel P. Gitterman discusses his book Calling the Shots

Tue 2/21, 7pm – 8pm
Daniel P. Gitterman discusses his book Calling the Shots: The President, Executive Orders, and Public Policy

Followed by a panel discussion with Senator James Sasser and Catherine Kim, moderated by Hodding Carter  
The evening will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 6:30. Join us!
About Calling the Shots:
Modern presidents are CEOs with broad powers over the federal government. While the U.S. Constitution establishes three branches of government--the executive, the legislative, and the judicial-- the executive branch as embodied in the president has emerged over the years as the dominant political and administrative force at the federal level. In fact, Daniel Gitterman tells us, the president is the de facto CEO of an enormous federal bureaucracy.

The federal government is the single biggest purchaser of goods and services in the U.S. economy. It is also an employer of more than three million workers. The president, as chief executive, sits on top of all this. With the authority to issue executive orders and the capacity to shape how federal agencies write and enforce rules, the president controls how the government implements and changes policy every day. Modern presidents have, for example, been able to require federal contractors to pay a minimum wage, to prohibit human trafficking, and to encourage environmental sustainability.

For more than a century, presidents have put to use the tools at their disposal to bring about policy shifts without violating the separation of powers. Calling the Shots demonstrates how executive power is a powerful weapon of coercion and redistribution in the president s political and policymaking arsenal.
About the speakers:
Daniel Gitterman is the Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill. He serves as Chair of the UNC Department of Public Policy, and Director of the Honors Seminar in Public Policy and Global Affairs (Washington, DC).
Senator James Sasser has spent more than a quarter-century in public life, as a Senator from Tennessee and Ambassador of the United States to the People's Republic of China. During his time in Beijing from 1996 to 1999, he played a pivotal role in strengthening Sino-U.S. relations, developing close working relationships with President Jiang Zemin and Premier Zhu Rongji and the next generation of Chinese leaders.

Catherine Kim is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina Law School, where she teaches Immigration & Citizenship Law, Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, and Civil Rights Law. Prior to joining the faculty in 2010, she litigated civil rights cases with the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, National Legal Department, focusing on racial justice and education cases. She clerked for the Honorable Carlos F. Lucero on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Hodding Carter was the University Professor of Leadership and Public Policy at UNC Chapel Hill.  Dr. Carter also worked for about 18 years as a reporter and editor for the Delta Democrat-Times of Greenville, Miss. He later worked on the presidential campaigns of Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter. Nationally, Hodding Carter is perhaps best remembered as the spokesman for the U.S. State Department during the Iran hostage crisis in the late 1970s. Dr. Carter later was a correspondent for the PBS Frontline documentary series and wrote as a contributor for major U.S. newspapers. He is a four-time Emmy winner and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for broadcast journalism.
Event date: 
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Calling the Shots: The President, Executive Orders, and Public Policy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780815729020
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Published: Brookings Institution Press - February 14th, 2017