"To assess whether American governors can effectively govern, the authors draw on strategic models, interviews with governors, and new datasets to show that that governors can be powerful actors in the lawmaking process, but that what they're bargaining over - the budget or policy bills - shapes both how they play the game and how often they win"--Provided by publisher "Governors, just like American presidents, face a singular disadvantage when it comes to lawmaking. Though the public may look to governors to lead their states, credit them with any successes, and hold them accountable for most failures, state constitutions strip governors of any direct power to craft legislation. Legislators in this country hold a monopoly over the power to introduce, amend, and pass bills, giving them the ability to write laws and then present them as take-it-or-leave-it o ers to America's chief executives. A governor's only formal legislative power is a reactive one-- the ability to veto or sign bills that are passed by the other branch--and comes at the end of the lawmaking process. The dynamics of this relationship can be seen in the logistics of the annual rituals that bring the branches together. When presidents lay out legislative agendas in their State of the Union addresses, they head down Pennsylvania Avenue to do so from the Speaker's rostrum before a joint session of Congress"--Provided by publisher
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Machine generated contents note: 1. One problem shared by 50 state governors; 2. The roots of executive power; 3. What do governors propose?; 4. Gubernatorial success; 5. Do governors set the size of government? 6. The power and perils of popularity; 7. The item veto: a negative or positive power?; 8. Legislative professionalism and gubernatorial power; 9. Governors and the comparative study of chief executives
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Print version: Kousser, Thad, 1974- Power of American governors.