Equally at home as a companion to an introductory text or as a stand-alone resource, Virginia Government offers an excellent introduction to the political institutions, actors, and policy processes of the Old Dominion State. Paying special attention to the governing arrangements that make Virginia unique, from statewide city-county separation to a single-term governor to shifting electoral alignments, Peaslee and Swartz strike the perfect balance, combining necessary background and historical analysis with current events and policy issues to make the information relevant and engaging for today's students. Grounded in the comparative method, the text provides useful comparisons with governing institutions, political processes, and public polices in other states and localities.

Steering the Ship of the State Executive Power in Virginia

Steering the Ship of the State Executive Power in Virginia

Steering the ship of the state executive power in virginia


  • Virginia's One-Term Governor
  • Powers of the Office
  • The Governor as Party Head
    • The Governor as Chief Budgeting Officer
    • The Governor as Chief Appointer and Administrator
    • The Governor as Spokesperson for the State
  • Life After Living in the Governor's Mansion
  • The Constitutional Executive Officers
  • The Office of Attorney General
  • Conclusion

Executive power in a state typically focuses on the right to managerial control, appointment, and fiscal power, as well as the right to issue executive orders. Executive power in a state is dependent upon the state's constitution. The scope of power authorized to governors must be in accordance with the state's constitution and is also influenced by tradition. As chief executives and state managers, governors ...

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