Guide: Three Branches of State Government
This collection of resources outlines the roles and responsibilities of the three branches of state government. Fact sheets and documents provide a closer look at the inner workings of specific state governments. 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 are the primary responsibilities of the executive branch of the state government? Compare and contrast it with the U.S. presidency.
- Explain the differences between progressive and Jacksonian traditions in the organization of state governments. How might these traditions lead to different outcomes in state policy?
- Overview: Three Branches of State Government
- Visuals: State Court System (Visual)
- Outline: Outline
- Transcript: Transcript
- Lesson: Introduction
- Lesson: 1-The Governor and the Executive Branch
- Lesson: 2-The State Legislature
- Lesson: 3-State Courts and Judicial Branch
- Lesson: Closing
- Glossary Terms: state courts
- Photos & Illustrations: Brown, Jerry: discusses state budget cuts
- Photos & Illustrations: California court voids same-sex marriages
- Facts & Figures: California Government Information
- Facts & Figures: Texas Government Information
- Reference Articles: State Legislature
- Reference Articles: Governor, Office of
- Political, Government & Court Documents: Indiana Constitution (adopted 1851)
- Political, Government & Court Documents: Wisconsin Constitution (adopted 1848)
"Three Branches of State Government." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2019, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/2156145. Accessed 17 Feb. 2019.
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