Study Questions

  1. In what ways has the power of governors increased over the last one hundred years? Use specific examples.
  2. Discuss a governor's role as a state's chief legislator.
  3. How do governors control state agencies?
  4. Discuss a governor's role as state's chief spokesperson.
  5. How do formal powers differ from informal powers? What are five formal powers generally granted to governors? What are examples of informal powers?
  6. What is the nature of gubernatorial elections? Discuss their timing and the campaign process.
  7. What are the roles of lieutenant governors and state attorneys general?