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A legacy of innovation : governors and public policy /
edited by Ethan G. Sribnick.
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Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2008.
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viii, 312 p.
ISBN
0812240952 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780812240955 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2008.
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0812240952 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780812240955 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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6477444
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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From La Follette to Faubus, from Rockefeller to Reagan, U.S. governors have addressed some of the most contentious policy questions of the twentieth century. In doing so, they not only responded to dramatic changes in the political landscape, they shaped that landscape. The influence of governors has been felt both within the states and across the nation. It is telling that four of the last five U.S. Presidents were former state governors. A Legacy of Innovation: Governors and Public Policy examines the changing role of the state governor during the "American Century." In this volume, top political scientists, historians, and journalists track the evolution of gubernatorial leadership as it has dealt with critical issues, including conservation, transportation, civil rights, education, globalization, and health care. As the most visible state officials, twentieth-century governors often found themselves at the center of America's conflicting political tendencies. A Legacy of Innovation describes how they negotiated the tensions between increasing democratization and the desire for expert control, the rise of interest groups and demise of political parties, the pull of regionalism against growing nationalism, and the rising demand for public services in a society that fears centralized government. In their responses to these conflicts, governors helped shape the institutions of modern American government. As state governments face new policy challenges in the twenty-first century, A Legacy of Innovation will serve as a valuable source of information for political scientists and policy makers alike.
Main Description
From La Follette to Faubus, from Rockefeller to Reagan, U.S. governors have addressed some of the most contentious policy questions of the twentieth century. In doing so, they not only responded to dramatic changes in the political landscape, they shaped that landscape. The influence of governors has been felt both within the states and across the nation. It is telling that four of the last five U.S. Presidents were former state governors. A Legacy of Innovation: Governors and Public Policyexamines the changing role of the state governor during the "American Century." In this volume, top political scientists, historians, and journalists track the evolution of gubernatorial leadership as it has dealt with critical issues, including conservation, transportation, civil rights, education, globalization, and health care. As the most visible state officials, twentieth-century governors often found themselves at the center of America's conflicting political tendencies. A Legacy of Innovationdescribes how they negotiated the tensions between increasing democratization and the desire for expert control, the rise of interest groups and demise of political parties, the pull of regionalism against growing nationalism, and the rising demand for public services in a society that fears centralized government. In their responses to these conflicts, governors helped shape the institutions of modern American government. As state governments face new policy challenges in the twenty-first century, A Legacy of Innovationwill serve as a valuable source of information for political scientists and policy makers alike.
Main Description
From La Follette to Faubus, from Rockefeller to Reagan, U.S. governors have addressed some of the most contentious policy questions of the twentieth century. In doing so, they not only responded to dramatic changes in the political landscape, they shaped that landscape. The influence of governors has been felt both within the states and across the nation. It is telling that four of the last five U.S. Presidents were former state governors.A Legacy of Innovation: Governors and Public Policyexamines the changing role of the state governor during the "American Century." In this volume, top political scientists, historians, and journalists track the evolution of gubernatorial leadership as it has dealt with critical issues, including conservation, transportation, civil rights, education, globalization, and health care. As the most visible state officials, twentieth-century governors often found themselves at the center of America's conflicting political tendencies.A Legacy of Innovationdescribes how they negotiated the tensions between increasing democratization and the desire for expert control, the rise of interest groups and demise of political parties, the pull of regionalism against growing nationalism, and the rising demand for public services in a society that fears centralized government. In their responses to these conflicts, governors helped shape the institutions of modern American government. As state governments face new policy challenges in the twenty-first century,A Legacy of Innovationwill serve as a valuable source of information for political scientists and policy makers alike.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This volume examines the changing role of the state governor during the 'American Century'. It describes how governors negotiate the tensions between increasing democratization and the desire for expert control, the rise of interest groups and demise of political parties and the pull of regionalism against growing nationalism.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Introduction: Directing Democracyp. 1
Creativity Within the Confines of Federalismp. 23
Resourceful Leaders: Governors and the Politics of the American Environmentp. 25
"To Lay and Collect": Governors, Fiscal Federalism, and the Political Economy of Twentieth-Century Tax Policyp. 48
Governors and the Development of American Social Policyp. 76
Laboratories of Democracy: Public Policy in Actionp. 105
Governors and Economic Developmentp. 107
Uneasy Executives: Governors and Civil Rights from the Bay State to the Old Dominionp. 124
Balancing Economic Development with Investor Protectionp. 149
Collective Action: Governors and Federal Policyp. 167
Moving the Nation: Governors and the Development of American Transportation Policyp. 169
Gubernatorial Leadership and American K-12 Education Reformp. 185
From Charity Care to Medicaid: Governors, States, and the Transformation of American Health Carep. 204
Afterword: A Legacy of State-Buildingp. 231
Timeline of Governors and States in the Twentieth Centuryp. 233
Notesp. 257
Further Resourcesp. 299
List of Contributorsp. 301
Indexp. 305
Acknowledgmentsp. 313
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