Governors on Governing

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University Press of America, 1991 - Political Science - 184 pages
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Offers introspective essays reflecting distinctive leadership and management styles by fifteen of the nation's governors, clustered under three major themes. The first theme, gubernatorial challenges (constraints and opportunities), provides an institutional framework from which the modern governorship derives its authority, constraints, and opportunities for leadership. Secondly, gubernatorial roles (leadership and management) offers an introspective and personal view of the governorship by the practitioners themselves. Finally, the section on governors in action (case studies, ranging from Three Mile Island to educational reform) offers a glimpse of governing techniques and practices applied to real life situations and crises in state government. The essayists, all presenting their views while still in office include Governors Lamar Alexander, Tennessee; John Ashcroft, Missouri; Victor Atiyeh, Oregon; Terry Branstad, Iowa; John Carlin, Kansas; Richard Celeste, Ohio; Booth Gardner, Washington; Bob Graham, Florida; Madeleine Kunin, Vermont; Richard Lamm, Colorado; Scott Matheson, Utah; Richard Riley, South Carolina; Charles Robb, Virginia; John Sununu, New Hampshire; and Dick Thornburgh, Pennsylvania. The essays are a compendium of presentation made by the governors while participating as Gubernatorial Fellows at Duke University from 1984 to 1988. Co-published with the National Governors' Association.
 

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Contents

Its Challenges and Opportunities
9
The Roles of Economic Development and Management Improvement
15
Intergovernmental Relations and the New Federalism
23
The Unique Problems of Some Governors
31
GUBERNATORIAL ROLES
37
Overview
38
What Do Governors Do?
41
The Rewards of Public Service
49
The Role of Business Management Techniques in State Government
107
GOVERNORS IN ACTION
115
Overview
116
Schools for the 21st Century
119
Its Lessons for Crisis Management
131
Restructuring and Downsizing the Iowa State Government
145
Enhancing the Efficiency of State Government Through PublicPrivate Partnerships
157
Reality and Perception in Gubernatorial Management
167

A Magical Vision and Other Ingredients of Leadership
57
The Art of Redefining the Possible
67
The Governor as Administrator Leader and Communicator
79
The Governor as CEO
97
Endnotes
181
Works Cited
183
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