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Introduction to Governors

A good introduction to the varying roles, powers and functions of the office of governor in the 50 states is provided by the opening two chapters of the book, The Executive Branch of State Government: People, Process and Politics edited by Margaret R. Ferguson. Both are written by Dr. Ferguson and the Center on the American Governor is grateful for the author and publisher’s permission to reproduce them here.

Chapter 1 – Introduction to State Executives

Chapter 2 – Roles, Functions and Powers of the Governors


About the Book

The Executive Branch of State Government: People, Process and Politics, edited by Margaret R. Ferguson.  Copyright © (2006) by ABC-CLIO, Inc.  Reproduced with permission of ABC-CLIO, LLC.

MARGARET FERGUSON is associate professor and chair of political science at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. Her research interests include governorships, legislatures, and lawmaking in the states; executive branch politics; and leadership and personality; and she teaches courses on state politics, southern politics and the presidency. Her articles have been published in the Journal of Politics, Women and Politics, Publius, Political Psychology, Public Administration Review and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. She is the editor of The Executive Branch of State Government: People, Process, and Politics (2006).