The Power of American Governors

Author: Thad Kousser
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 110702224X
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"To assess whether American governors can effectively govern, the authors draw on strategic models, interviews with governors, and new datasets to show that that governors can be powerful actors in the lawmaking process, but that what they're bargaining over - the budget or policy bills - shapes both how they play the game and how often they win"--

The American Governor

Author: David P. Redlawsk
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137488183
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This edited collection brings together a broad range of research on governors in the American states, examining governors as potentially powerful leaders who are subject to a range of constraints, as well as considering how individual governors may choose leadership paths that either enhance or detract from that power. The chapters build new models of the interactions between executives and other players within the states, examine the rhetoric of governors as a leadership tool, and generally put new and interesting emphases on governors with both detailed individual cases and larger-N studies. Governors are the political leaders of their states, with a range of powers and also constraints that differ from state to state and time to time. This very range makes the study of governors fertile ground for better understanding the American political system and the important role federalism plays in determining how policy develops and changes at all levels. The contributing authors look broadly at new research on governors, without the specific constraints of particular methods or focal points.

Gubernatorial Stability in Iowa A Stranglehold on Power

Author: Christopher W. Larimer
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137528133
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This book uses a multi-method approach to explain why recent Iowa governors have been able to stay in office significantly longer than their peers. Voters in Iowa value a personal connection with their governor and those governors who ignore that expectation are held accountable at the polls.

Governors of the United States

Author: Rapha Holding
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1438975872
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Although each state is subject to the provisions of the Federal government, each state has the flexibility of making its own rules and regulations. The governors are in charge of the day-to-day administration of the states. Until the 1970s women governors were a rare commodity in the United States. Nearly all the elected governors up until the 1970s were men. United States did not elect any female governors in their own rights until the 1970s. Although the first two female governors, Mrs Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming and Mrs Miriam A. Ferguson of Texas were elected on November 4, 1924, it was only out of sympathy for their affected husbands or due to their husbands influence as former governors rather than on merit. Both preceded in office by their late husbands; William Ross had served as governor of Wyoming from 1923 to 1924, and James Edward Furguson had served as the 29th governor of Texas from January 19, 1915 to August 25, 1917. Arizona is the first state where a female followed another female as governor. Arizona also has had the most female governors with a total of three (as of January 2010). As of December 6, 2006, when Sarah Palin was inaugurated as the first female governor of Alaska, a record nine women had been elected in their own rights and were serving as the chief executive of their states. Today, some 15 percent of state governors are women. At least twenty-nine women (as of 2010) have served as the governor of an American state. This book lists all the individual governors of each of the 50 states from 1776 (or since statehood) to 2009 and highlights on the powers and limitations of the individual governors of all the 50 states.

Power to the People

Author: Tommy George Thompson
Publisher: Harpercollins
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The influential Republican governor of Wisconsin and the chairman of the National Governors' Association expounds his political philosophy and assesses his attempts to streamline state government and return power to the people. 50,000 first printing. $35,000 first printing.

The Best Job in Politics

Author: Alan Rosenthal
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1483304809
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Governors—both in, and now out of, office—see the job as the best in politics. Why is that? Drawing on a survey of former governors, personal interviews, as well as gubernatorial memoirs and biographies, Rosenthal shows students how and why governors succeed as policy leaders and makes a case as to why some governors are better at leveraging the institutional advantages of the office.

The Power of the Texas Governor

Author: Brian McCall
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292778368
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George W. Bush called it "the best job in the world," yet many would argue that the Texas governorship is a weak office. Given few enumerated powers by the Texas Constitution, the governor must build a successful relationship with the state legislature—sometimes led by a powerful lieutenant governor or speaker of the opposing party—to advance his or her policy agenda. Yet despite the limitations on the office and the power of the legislative branch, many governors have had a significant impact on major aspects of Texas's public life—government, economic development, education, and insurance reform among them. How do Texas governors gain the power to govern effectively? The Power of the Texas Governor takes a fresh look at the state's chief executives, from John Connally to George W. Bush, to discover how various governors have overcome the institutional limitations of the office. Delving into the governors' election campaigns and successes and failures in office, Brian McCall makes a convincing case that the strength of a governor's personality—in particular, his or her highly developed social skills—can translate into real political power. He shows, for example, how governors such as Ann Richards and George W. Bush forged personal relationships with individual legislators to achieve their policy goals. Filled with revealing insights and anecdotes from key players in each administration, The Power of the Texas Governor offers new perspectives on leadership and valuable lessons on the use of power.

How Governors Built the Modern American Presidency

Author: Saladin M. Ambar
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812206231
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A governor's mansion is often the last stop for politicians who plan to move into the White House. Before Barack Obama was elected president of the United States, four of his last five predecessors had been governors. Executive experience at the state level informs individual presidencies, and, as Saladin M. Ambar argues, the actions of governors-turned-presidents changed the nature of the presidency itself long ago. How Governors Built the Modern American Presidency is the first book to explicitly credit governors with making the presidency what it is today. By examining the governorships of such presidential stalwarts as Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, political scientist Ambar shows how gubernatorial experience made the difference in establishing modern presidential practice. The book also delves into the careers of Wisconsin's Bob La Follette and California's Hiram Johnson, demonstrating how these governors reshaped the presidency through their activism. As Ambar reminds readers, governors as far back as Samuel J. Tilden of New York, who ran against Rutherford Hayes in the controversial presidential election of 1876, paved the way for a more assertive national leadership. Ambar explodes the idea that the modern presidency began after 1945, instead placing its origins squarely in the Progressive Era. This innovative study uncovers neglected aspects of the evolution of the nation's executive branch, placing American governors at the heart of what the presidency has become—for better or for worse.

A Governor s Story

Author: Jennifer Granholm
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 1586489984
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Jennifer Granholm was the two-term governor of Michigan, a state synonymous with manufacturing during a financial crisis that threatened to put all America's major car companies into bankruptcy. The immediate and knock-on effects were catastrophic. Granholm's grand plans for education reform, economic revitalization, clean energy, and infrastructure development were blitzed by a perfect economic storm. Granholm was a determined and undefeated governor, who enjoyed close access to the White House at critical moments (Granholm stood in for Sarah Palin during Joe Biden's debate preparation), and her account offers a front row seat on the effects of the crisis. Ultimately, her story is a model of hope. She hauls Michigan towards unprecedented private-public partnerships, forged in the chaos of financial freefall, built on new technologies that promise to revolutionize not only the century-old auto industry but Michigan's entire manufacturing base. They offer the potential for a remarkable recovery not just for her state, but for American industry nationwide.

Gangsters to Governors

Author: David Clary
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813584558
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Generations ago, gambling in America was an illicit activity, dominated by gangsters like Benny Binion and Bugsy Siegel. Today, forty-eight out of fifty states permit some form of legal gambling, and America’s governors sit at the head of the gaming table. But have states become addicted to the revenue gambling can bring? And does the potential of increased revenue lead them to place risky bets on new casinos, lotteries, and online games? In Gangsters to Governors, journalist David Clary investigates the pros and cons of the shift toward state-run gambling. Unearthing the sordid history of America’s gaming underground, he demonstrates the problems with prohibiting gambling while revealing how today’s governors, all competing for a piece of the action, promise their citizens payouts that are rarely delivered. Clary introduces us to a rogue’s gallery of colorful characters, from John “Old Smoke” Morrissey, the Irish-born gangster who built Saratoga into a gambling haven in the nineteenth century, to Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate who has furiously lobbied against online betting. By exploring the controversial histories of legal and illegal gambling in America, he offers a fresh perspective on current controversies, including bans on sports and online betting. Entertaining and thought-provoking, Gangsters to Governors considers the past, present, and future of our gambling nation. Author's website (