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The Relationship Between the Governor and The Lieutenant
Governor The governor plays a vast role in state government as party
leader, chief administrator of state government, and agenda setter for
and strong influence in the legislative process, and a key link in the
intergovernmental system. Although the lieutenant governor has
historically been viewed as without much power, scholars such as Larry
Sabato in Goodbye to Good-time Charlie and pothers have acknowledged a
greater role and more activity for the lieutenant governor in recent
decades. One widely recognized problem for the governor is that of
executive leadership. The governor is held responsible for the results
and policy outcomes in state government (as in the case of Gray Davis
in California), but some governors lack the powers and leadership tools
to shape policy adoption and implementation. A specific problem is the
independent election of other consititutional officers in many staes,
including the attorney general in 43 states and the lieutenant governor
(in eighteen states). Relatively little research has been focused
directly on the relatioship of the governor and these officials. In
this research, we examine the governor's relationship with the
lieutenant governor, focusing on the level of cooperation and possible
exchange between the two. There are three dependent variables: the
number of governor's assignments to the lieutenant governor, the
number of the govenror's legislative proposals that the lieutenant
govenor helps to develop, and the frequency of lobbying support that
the lieutenant governor provides for the governor's legislative
agenda. Data for these and other variables was collected using 1999
survey done by one of the authors in collaboration with the National
Lieutenant Governor's Association. Our initial analysis indicates
that, as exchange theory would suggest, lieutenant governors who lobby
more frequently for the governor's bills receive more assignments from
the governor. We consider four independent variables that may affect
the three dependent variables (which are aspects of the cooperation
between governor and lieutenant governor). These variables are: the
election method of the two officials (team versus independent), the
difference between the institutional powers of the two, the frequency
of the lieutenant governor's general policymaking activites in state
government, and the breadth of his or her actions in initiating ideas
for new policies in nine different polciy areas. We have found several
important relationship between the independent and dependent variables.
For example, lieutenant governors elected on a team basis develop more
bills in the governor's legislative program. In summary, this paper
will investigate one of the governor's significant relationships in
state government, with the lieutenant governor, who in some cases is
training for the top position.

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Abstract: The Relationship Between the Governor and The Lieutenant
Governor The governor plays a vast role in state government as party
leader, chief administrator of state government, and agenda setter for
and strong influence in the legislative process, and a key link in the
intergovernmental system. Although the lieutenant governor has
historically been viewed as without much power, scholars such as Larry
Sabato in Goodbye to Good-time Charlie and pothers have acknowledged a
greater role and more activity for the lieutenant governor in recent
decades. One widely recognized problem for the governor is that of
executive leadership. The governor is held responsible for the results
and policy outcomes in state government (as in the case of Gray Davis
in California), but some governors lack the powers and leadership tools
to shape policy adoption and implementation. A specific problem is the
independent election of other consititutional officers in many staes,
including the attorney general in 43 states and the lieutenant governor
(in eighteen states). Relatively little research has been focused
directly on the relatioship of the governor and these officials. In
this research, we examine the governor's relationship with the
lieutenant governor, focusing on the level of cooperation and possible
exchange between the two. There are three dependent variables: the
number of governor's assignments to the lieutenant governor, the
number of the govenror's legislative proposals that the lieutenant
govenor helps to develop, and the frequency of lobbying support that
the lieutenant governor provides for the governor's legislative
agenda. Data for these and other variables was collected using 1999
survey done by one of the authors in collaboration with the National
Lieutenant Governor's Association. Our initial analysis indicates
that, as exchange theory would suggest, lieutenant governors who lobby
more frequently for the governor's bills receive more assignments from
the governor. We consider four independent variables that may affect
the three dependent variables (which are aspects of the cooperation
between governor and lieutenant governor). These variables are: the
election method of the two officials (team versus independent), the
difference between the institutional powers of the two, the frequency
of the lieutenant governor's general policymaking activites in state
government, and the breadth of his or her actions in initiating ideas
for new policies in nine different polciy areas. We have found several
important relationship between the independent and dependent variables.
For example, lieutenant governors elected on a team basis develop more
bills in the governor's legislative program. In summary, this paper
will investigate one of the governor's significant relationships in
state government, with the lieutenant governor, who in some cases is
training for the top position.

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The Relationship Between the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor By David W. Winder Department of Political Science Valdosta State University Valdosta GA 31698 and David Hill Department of Political Science Valdosta State University Valdosta GA 31698 This paper was prepared for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association Chicago Illinois April 15-18 2004. Support for the presentation of this paper was provided by the Center for Faculty Development and Instructional Improvement of Valdosta State University.
& Policy. 31 (2): 232-250. Morehouse Sarah McCally. 1998. The Governor as Party Leader. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press. Morehouse Sarah McCally and Malcolm E. Jewell. 2003. State Politics Parties and Policy. 2nd ed. Lanham MD: Rowan & Littlefield Publishers. National Governor’s Association. 2003. “Governors.” Available at www.nga.org/ governors/1 1169 00.html. Sabato Larry. 1983. Goodbye to Good-time Charlie. 2nd ed. Washington D.C.: CQ Press. Winder David W. 2002. “The Lieutenant Governor’s Level of Activity in State Policymaking:


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