POLS 207 Ch. 9

POLS 207 Ch. 9 - Governors Chapter 9 Historical...

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    Governors Chapter 9
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    Historical Developments  of Governor’s Office Legacy of colonial period—guarded mistrust of governors Represented the Crown (unelected) Held substantial power New state constitutions checked governors’ power Legislative branch dominant In nine of 13 original states, governor selected by legislature (other four elected by  people) Civil War legacy Governors of southern states prevented from succeeding themselves Short (two-year) terms Progressive legacy Direct election of many state agency heads Establishment of part-time and citizen boards Direct democracy tools: initiative, referendum, and recall Increase of federal power with the New Deal  
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    Roles of governors Administer Chief executive Symbolic leader Held responsible for everything Second largest Problem Less authority than CEOs More scrutiny Less pay Merit system limits ability
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    Role of governor Master of Ceremony Have to attend things and play a symbolic role Attend funerals
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    Agenda setting States are limited in what they can do Determine the focus on the state If you get it wrong there can be trouble If you fail in getting what you want you are in trouble
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    Party leader Highest office in career chain
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2008 for the course POLS 207 taught by Professor Peterson during the Fall '07 term at Texas A&M.

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