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Chapter 6: State Governors
• Becoming and
Remaining Governor
• A Governor’s Formal
and Informal Powers
• The Job of the
Governor
• Assisting the Governor
• Governors Today
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LO 6.1
Becoming and Remaining Governor
LO 6.1 Identify the typical pathways by which
people attain and retain the governorship.
• Becoming governor
• 40 to 55-years old
• 45 non-Hisp white decent; 1 A-A; 2 Hisp; 2
Indian
• Most held statewide office previous
• Mostly male: 35 female ever; 6 current
• Remaining governor
• Enjoy high visibility
• 74% reelection rate between 1970 & 2004
LO 6.1
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Formal and Informal Powers
LO 6.2
LO 6.2 Identify the formal and informal powers
of governors and assess governors’ use of
these powers to influence policy.
Powers
•Make appointments—weak in SC/Tx/Miss
•Prepare the state budget—balancing requests with resources
•Veto legislation (general-all states; line-item-43; reduction-12)
•Issue executive orders (e.g. Arnie and use of biofuels in Ca)
•Command state National Guard--emergency
•Pardon or grant clemency—e.g. Gov George Ryan (Illinois) and
halting executions in 2003
•Help establish the legislature’s agenda
•Represent state nationally and internationally
•Economic development
Changes in power over time
• Increased term length (1-2 to 4 yrs) and all but Va 2nd term
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LO 6.2
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The Job of the Governor: Managing
the State
LO 6.3
LO 6.3 Evaluate the effectiveness of governors
as managers of the state’s executive branch.
•Modernizing State Administrations
• Strategic planning
• Systems analysis
• Performance measurement and
management
• Customer focus
• Sophisticated information technology and
budgeting systems
• Note how little of this applies to SC!
• Performance Grades for states—PEW Ctr
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Assisting the Governor: State
Executive Officials
LO 6.4
LO 6.4 Outline duties and powers of other top
executive officials in state government.
State Executive Officials
• Lieutenant Governor—parallel to VP, much less
important in SC
• Attorney General—chief lawyer for state
• Secretary of State—licenses professionals and
incorporation--more limited in SC
• Treasurer and Auditor (Auditor called Comptroller
General in SC)—authorize payments and audits
• Others in SC: Att Gen; Adj Gen; Agric Comm; Supt of
Educ
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LO 6.4
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Governors Today: Challenges and
Rewards
LO 6.5
LO 6.5 Evaluate the challenges and rewards for
governors today.
• Expectations
• Chief policy maker—not so much in SC
• Shaper of state budget—ditto!
• Political party leader—depends on
governor
• Chief business recruiter
• Inspiring, renewer of confidence
• All based on power to persuade
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How many governors have been
women?
LO 6.1
A. 5
B. 26
C. 35
D. 46
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How many governors have been
women?
LO 6.1
A. 5
B. 26
C. 35
D. 46
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The ___ veto allows governors to
reduce appropriations.
LO 6.2
A. Line-item
B. Amendatory
C. Reduction
D. All of the above
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The ___ veto allows governors to
reduce appropriations.
LO 6.2
A. Line-item
B. Amendatory
C. Reduction
D. All of the above
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Which of the following has helped
governors maintain control?
LO 6.3
A. Strategic planning
B. Systems analysis
C. Sophisticated information technology
D. All of the above
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Which of the following has helped
governors maintain control?
LO 6.3
A. Strategic planning
B. Systems analysis
C. Sophisticated information technology
D. All of the above
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The ___ handles elections in most
states.
LO 6.4
A. Lieutenant governor
B. Secretary of state
C. Attorney general
D. Treasurer
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The ___ handles elections in most
states.
LO 6.4
A. Lieutenant governor
B. Secretary of state (SC has Election
Commission)
C. Attorney general
D. Treasurer
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Governors are ____.
LO 6.5
A. Chief policy makers
B. Chief budgetary officers
C. Political party leaders
D. All of the above
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Governors are ____.
LO 6.5
A. Chief policy makers
B. Chief budgetary officers
C. Political party leaders
D. All of the above
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