Governors Speak

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University Press of America, 2007 - Medical - 382 pages
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Governors in the United States are becoming prime policy makers in state and national politics. They preside over vast and increasingly important administrative structures through numerous appointments of key personnel and the management of growing budgets. Governors provide leadership for state legislatures by advocating their policy agendas, and by mobilizing public opinion and political resources. Through these roles, governors have far reaching influence in citizen's daily lives. This work examines these major political leaders by closely examining the careers of five recent governors (1960D2001): - Terry Sanford (1961D1965) - Robert (Bob) W. Scott (1969D1973) - James E. (Jim) Holshouser Jr. (1973D1977) - James G. (Jim) Martin (1985D1993) - James B. (Jim) Hunt Jr. (1977D1985; 1993D2001) ...and compares their performances in office with governors in other states. No other book has looked as closely at the persons who serve as governors during this time period.
 

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Contents

The Office of Governor An Evolving Institution
1
Governor as Political and Party Leader
43
Governors are People Too
98
Governor as Public Leader
167
The Governor as a Legislative Leader
199
Chief Executive From Administrative Manager to Policy Leader
237
Reflections and Reforms
310
Bibliography
347
Index
373
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Jack D. Fleer is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Wake Forest University. He has published books, chapters, and articles on southern and North Carolina Politics over the past half-century, and provided frequent commentary for regional, national, and international media.

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