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 Powers of American Governors

Author: Thad Kousser
Publisher:
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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"--

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.

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.

The American Governor

Author: David P. Redlawsk
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 113748067X
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This volume 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 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.

American Political Culture An Encyclopedia 3 volumes

Author: Mark J. Rozell
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610693787
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This all-encompassing encyclopedia provides a broad perspective on U.S. politics, culture, and society, but also goes beyond the facts to consider the myths, ideals, and values that help shape and define the nation. • Offers approximately 225 entries covering U.S. politics, culture, society, and beliefs • Includes an introductory overview of the forces that have shaped and continue to shape American political culture and a concluding essay that gathers key thematic threads and looks toward the future • Covers the myriad ways in which American political culture influences other aspects of American society • Examines how cultural symbols and beliefs are manipulated to advance political interests and establish government authority • Connects new issues such as social media and sexual politics with the political culture

Governors Legislatures and Budgets

Author: Edward J. Clynch
Publisher: Greenwood Press
ISBN:
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How does gubernatorial and legislative influence over state spending vary across the American states? This book looks at that question through case studies from all areas of the country, showing who has power and how governors and legislators use their influence.