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A Legacy of Innovation
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Directing Democracy
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Part I: Creativity Within the Confines of Federalism
  2. pp. 23-24
  1. 1. Resourceful Leaders: Governors and the Politics of the American Environment
  2. pp. 25-47
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  1. 2. ''To Lay and Collect'': Governors, Fiscal Federalism, and the Political Economy of Twentieth-Century Tax Policy
  2. pp. 48-75
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  1. 3. Governors and the Development of American Social Policy
  2. pp. 76-104
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  1. Part II: Laboratories of Democracy: Public Policy in Action
  2. pp. 105-106
  1. 4. Governors and Economic Development
  2. pp. 107-123
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  1. 5. Uneasy Executives: Governors and Civil Rights from the Bay State to the Old Dominion
  2. pp. 124-148
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  1. 6. Balancing Economic Development with Investor Protection
  2. pp. 149-166
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  1. Part III: Collective Action: Governors and Federal Policy
  2. pp. 167-168
  1. 7. Moving the Nation: Governors and the Development of American Transportation Policy
  2. pp. 169-184
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  1. 8. Gubernatorial Leadership and American K-12 Education Reform
  2. pp. 185-203
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  1. 9. From Charity Care to Medicaid: Governors, States, and the Transformation of American Health Care
  2. pp. 204-230
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  1. Afterword: A Legacy of State-Building
  2. pp. 231-232
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  1. Images
  2. pp. 242-249
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  1. Timeline of Governors and States in the Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 233-256
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 257-298
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  1. Further Resources
  2. pp. 299-300
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 301-304
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 305-312
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 313-330
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