The Power of American Governors

  • Filename: the-power-of-american-governors.
  • ISBN: 9781139576932
  • Release Date: 2012-09-17
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Thad Kousser
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

With limited authority over state lawmaking, but ultimate responsibility for the performance of government, how effective are governors in moving their programs through the legislature? This book advances a new theory about what makes chief executives most successful and explores this theory through original data. Thad Kousser and Justin H. Phillips argue that negotiations over the budget, on the one hand, and policy bills on the other are driven by fundamentally different dynamics. They capture these dynamics in models informed by interviews with gubernatorial advisors, cabinet members, press secretaries and governors themselves. Through a series of novel empirical analyses and rich case studies, the authors demonstrate that governors can be powerful actors in the lawmaking process, but that what they're bargaining over – the budget or policy – shapes both how they play the game and how often they can win it.

The American Governor

  • Filename: the-american-governor.
  • ISBN: 9781137480675
  • Release Date: 2015-08-05
  • Number of pages: 263
  • Author: David P. Redlawsk
  • Publisher: Springer

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.

How Governors Built the Modern American Presidency

  • Filename: how-governors-built-the-modern-american-presidency.
  • ISBN: 9780812206234
  • Release Date: 2012-04-17
  • Number of pages: 200
  • Author: Saladin M. Ambar
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

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 Power of the Texas Governor

  • Filename: the-power-of-the-texas-governor.
  • ISBN: 9780292778368
  • Release Date: 2010-01-01
  • Number of pages: 184
  • Author: Brian McCall
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press

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 Governor

  • Filename: american-governor.
  • ISBN: 9781476782683
  • Release Date: 2016-01-19
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Author: Matt Katz
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

The ultimate insider to Chris Christie’s 2016 presidential campaign delivers a definitive biography of the popular and controversial governor of New Jersey—including the true story behind the Bridgegate lane-closure scandal. Journalist Matt Katz has been covering Christie since 2011 and has seen firsthand how the governor appeals to the public through his tactics, rhetoric, and personality. In American Governor, Katz weaves a compelling on-the-ground political narrative that begins with the roots of his family’s journey to America and takes us through his upset victory over Governor Jon Corzine and then along the road to his announcement of his candidacy for the highest office in the country. Packed with exclusive information, interviews, and anecdotes, American Governor illustrates how Christie evolved from an unpopular perennial candidate running for local office to the most watched Republican in the country, a populist with leadership skills, charm, and luck seemingly unparalleled by any other up-and-coming politician. Christie has proven himself a dynamic force of nature by emerging wounded but not unbowed after Bridgegate—a scandal that would have destroyed another politician’s rising star. A political biography by an inside source who’s been on the Chris Christie beat longer than any reporter in New Jersey, American Governor is a thrilling and absorbing look at the modern making of a man and a politician.

Pathways to Power

  • Filename: pathways-to-power.
  • ISBN: 9780271048000
  • Release Date: 2010-11-01
  • Number of pages: 440
  • Author: Peter Siavelis
  • Publisher: Penn State Press

"A cross-national analysis of political recruitment and candidate selection in six Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay. Provides typology and theoretical insights for other countries in the region and around the world"--Provided by publisher.

Power to the People

  • Filename: power-to-the-people.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015037819615
  • Release Date: 1996
  • Number of pages: 210
  • Author: Tommy George Thompson
  • Publisher: Harpercollins

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.

Fed Up

  • Filename: fed-up.
  • ISBN: 9780316183758
  • Release Date: 2010-11-15
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Rick Perry
  • Publisher: Little, Brown

Now, do not misunderstand me, America is great. But we are fed up with being over-taxed and over-regulated. We are tired of being told how much salt to put on our food, what kind of cars we can drive, what kinds of guns we can own, what kind of prayers we are allowed to say and where we can say them, what we are allowed to do to elect political candidates, what kind of energy we can use, what doctor we can see. What kind of nation are we becoming? I fear it's the very kind the Colonists fought against. But perhaps most of all, we are fed up because deep down we know how great America has always been, how many great things the people do in spite of their government, and how great the nation can be in the future if government will just get out of the way. Our fight is clear. We must step up and retake the reins of our government from a Washington establishment that has abused our trust. We must empower states to fight for our beliefs, elect only leaders who are on our team, set out to remind our fellow Americans why liberty is guaranteed in the Constitution, and take concrete steps to take back our country. The American people have never sat idle when liberty's trumpet sounds the call to battle-and today that battle is for the soul of America.

Keeping the Republic

  • Filename: keeping-the-republic.
  • ISBN: 9781101552148
  • Release Date: 2011-09-20
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Mitch Daniels
  • Publisher: Penguin

Upon leaving the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked what sort of government the delegates had created. His reply to the crowd: "A republic, if you can keep it." Now America's most respected governor explains just how close we've come to losing the republic, and how we can restore it to greatness. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has been called "the most presidential man in America." He has brought more change to his state in a few years than most see in decades. During his tenure, Daniels turned a $700 million deficit into a billion dollar surplus, balanced Indiana's budget even during the recession, converted its once unattractive business climate into one of the strongest for private sector job growth. The Hoosier state is now a model of good and efficient governance. Its public sector payroll is now the smallest per capita in the nation. And yet services have improved across the board. Even its Bureau of Motor Vehicles -- the ultimate symbol of dysfunctional bureaucracy - has been rated the best in the country. Daniels has done this by focusing on government's core responsibilities, cutting taxes, empowering citizens, and performing what he calls an "old tribal ritual" - spending less money than his state takes in, while distinguishing between skepticism towards big government and hostility towards all government. Unfortunately few politicians have the discipline or courage to follow his lead. And worse, many assume that Americans are too intimidated, gullible or dim-witted to make wise decisions about their health care, mortgages, the education of their kids, and other important issues. The result has been a steady decline in freedom, as elite government experts -- "our benevolent betters", in Daniels' phrase -- try to regulate every aspect of our lives. Daniels bluntly calls our exploding national debt "a survival-level threat to the America we have known." He shows how our underperforming public schools have produced a workforce unprepared to compete with those of other countries and ignorant of the requirements of citizenship in a free society. He lays out the risk of greatly diminished long term prosperity and the loss of our position of world leadership. He warns that we may lose the uniquely American promise of upward mobility for all. But, the good news is that it's not too late to save America. However, real change can't be imposed from above. It has to be what he calls "change that believes in you" -- a belief that Americans, properly informed of the facts, will pull together to make the necessary changes and that they are best- equipped to make the decisions governing their own lives. As he puts it: "I urge great care not to drift into a loss of faith in the American people. We must never yield to the self-fulfilling despair that these problems are immutable, or insurmountable. Americans are still a people born to liberty. Addressed as free-born, autonomous men and women of God-given dignity, they will rise yet again to drive back a mortal enemy."

The Hidden Prince Governors Executive Power and the Rise of the Modern Presidency

  • Filename: the-hidden-prince-governors-executive-power-and-the-rise-of-the-modern-presidency.
  • ISBN: 9780549888673
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 217
  • Author:
  • Publisher: ProQuest

Before 1876, no American president had been elected directly from a statehouse. By 1932 five had, and a would-be sixth, Theodore Roosevelt, came to the office through a line of succession made possible by his successful tenure as Albany's executive. While the modern presidency is increasingly recognized as owing its origins to the administrations of Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, an essential common denominator of the two has largely been ignored. The examples of Roosevelt and Wilson---and their progeny---as state executives, have been disconnected from the larger story of how moderns reconceived the office of President. Moreover, the American governorship's contributions as an institution that helped redefine newly emerging Progressive Era notions of executive power, has been understudied, and in the main, undervalued. When considering the presidency's shift toward legislative and party leadership, and the changed communicative avenues traversed by modern presidents, it is of great value to first see these phenomena altered by executives at the state level. From Grover Cleveland to Franklin Roosevelt, a progressive line of governors and governor-presidents helped construct an executive-centered governing philosophy that has uniquely stamped what we have come to know as the modern presidency. This dissertation explores how that construction took place, and what the nature of its implications are for both the field of presidential studies and American democracy. In drawing comparisons across time through case studies of the era's governorships (1876-1932), this dissertation examines how four crucial variables of the modern presidency---legislative and party leadership, press and media initiative, and executive philosophy---were shepherded into executive practice largely through Progressive Era governors and governor-presidents whose constitutional vision and practices defied traditional conceptions of the office.

The Executive Branch of State Government

  • Filename: the-executive-branch-of-state-government.
  • ISBN: 9781851097715
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Number of pages: 467
  • Author: Margaret Robertson Ferguson
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO

Discusses the roles, functions, and powers of state governors; the role of the executive branch in state politics; campaign politics and personal characteristics of governors; and the politics of the executive branch.

Comparative Administrative Law

  • Filename: comparative-administrative-law.
  • ISBN: 9781584776222
  • Release Date: 2005-12-01
  • Number of pages: 722
  • Author: Frank Johnson Goodnow
  • Publisher: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.

Goodnow, Frank Johnson. Comparative Administrative Law: An Analysis of the Administrative Systems, National and Local, of the United States, England, France and Germany. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1897. 2 Vols. Reprinted 2005 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 978-1-58477-622-2. ISBN-10: 1-58477-622-6. Cloth. $195.* Reprint of the first edition. Volume I: Organization. Volume II: Legal Relations. Referring to this book in One Hundred Years of Administrative Law (1937), Arthur Vanderbilt wrote that "Goodnow was the first to perceive the peculiar significance for the study of administrative law of the comparative method as applied to the administrative systems of France, Germany, England and the United States, which, although involving common problems, also present sharp contrasts at many vital points" (I:120-121). A member of the Columbia faculty, Goodnow [1859-1939] was the first individual in the United States to hold a professorship in administrative law.

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