Being Governor

The View from the Office

Being Governor

Duke Press Policy Studies

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Book Pages: 248 Illustrations: Published: June 1983

Politics > Political Science

This book examines the changing role of the governor in our federal system, giving particular attention to recent developments. The expansion of gubernatorial responsibilities into managerial, executive, and intergovernmental positions has taken place at the same time that the governor's role as leader of his political party has declined. In discussing the contemporary role of governors, the editors provide a view of how the office functions on a day-to-day basis.

The editors base their data on personal experience; interviews with governors, former governors, and staff; on -site visits; and responses to a series of nineteen surveys of governors and their staff conducted between 1976 and 1981. The research was undertaken by the Center for Policy Research of the National Governors' Association.



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List of Tables vii

Preface ix

Introduction 3

I. The Setting

1. Governors in the American Federal System 12

II. Being Governor

2. Governors' views on Being Governor 22

3. A Day in the Life of a Governor 32

III. The Political Role

4. The Governor as Party Leader 44

5. The Governor and the Public 52

6. Governors and Ethics 67

IV. The Managerial Role

7. The Governor as Manager 78

8. The Political Nature of the Governor as Manager 85

9. Governor's Views on Management 93

10. Appointment Power: Does It Belong to the Governor? 102

11. The Gubernatorial Appointment Power: Too Much of a Good Thing? 116

V. The Legislative Role

12. The Governor and the State Legislature 124

13. The Governor as Chief Legislator 131

14. Governors and Lieutenant Governors 144

VI. The Structural Role

15. Governors' Offices: Variations on Common Themes 158

16. Planning and Budgeting Offices: On Their Relevance to Gubernatorial Decisions 174

17. Science Advice to Governors: Non-Politics in the Policy Process 182

18. Governors and Intergovernmental Relations: Middlemen in the Federal System 192

Conclusion 206

Appendix A: Selected Bibliography on the Governorship 209

Appendix B: Selected Data on Governors and State Executive Systems 212

Notes 219

Index 235

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Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-0506-4
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