Guide: The Governor's Office
Examine the role of the governor in state government policymaking with this selection of primary and secondary sources. The balance of power between the governor and the state legislature is explored in detail. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.
Theme Key Understandings
- Local governments play a critical role in citizens' everyday lives, providing services such as police and fire protection, utilities, and education
- The size and organization of a local government impacts the way it functions
- State government structures resemble that of the federal government with responsibilities and powers split between three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial
- State governments both share some responsibilities with the federal government and have some separate areas of responsibility
- The resources of a community impact its government's policies and effectiveness
- States often serve as laboratories for government policy at the national level
- States' election policies directly impact political outcomes at all levels of government
- What two powers do state governors usually have that give them extensive policy making authority within their states?
- Explain how states change the governor's power, especially as it relates to the legislative process.
- Overview: The Governor's Office
- Outline: Outline
- Transcript: Transcript
- Lesson: Introduction
- Lesson: 1-The President and the Governor
- Lesson: 2-Variations among the States
- Lesson: 3-Electing the Governor
- Lesson: Closing
- Glossary Terms: line-item veto
- Photos & Illustrations: Brown, Jerry: discusses state budget cuts
- Photos & Illustrations: Hunt, James: signs compensation legislation
- Reference Articles: State Legislature
- Reference Articles: State Officials
- Reference Articles: Governor, Office of
- Political, Government & Court Documents: Altgeld, John Peter: Pardon of the Haymarket anarchists (1893)
- Speeches: Risch, Jim: Inaugural Address (2006)
"The Governor's Office." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2019, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/2156169. Accessed 17 Feb. 2019.
Entry ID: 2156169