The Power of the Texas Governor: Connally to Bush

The Power of the Texas Governor: Connally to Bush

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by Brian McCall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0292718985

ISBN-13: 9780292718982

Pub. Date: 03/01/2009

Publisher: University of Texas Press

George W. Bush called it "the best job in the world," yet many would argue that the Texas governorship is a weak office. Given few enumerated powers by the Texas Constitution, the governor must build a successful relationship with the state legislature—sometimes led by a powerful lieutenant governor or speaker of the opposing party—to advance his or

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George W. Bush called it "the best job in the world," yet many would argue that the Texas governorship is a weak office. Given few enumerated powers by the Texas Constitution, the governor must build a successful relationship with the state legislature—sometimes led by a powerful lieutenant governor or speaker of the opposing party—to advance his or her policy agenda. Yet despite the limitations on the office and the power of the legislative branch, many governors have had a significant impact on major aspects of Texas's public life—government, economic development, education, and insurance reform among them. How do Texas governors gain the power to govern effectively?

The Power of the Texas Governor takes a fresh look at the state's chief executives, from John Connally to George W. Bush, to discover how various governors have overcome the institutional limitations of the office. Delving into the governors' election campaigns and successes and failures in office, Brian McCall makes a convincing case that the strength of a governor's personality—in particular, his or her highly developed social skills—can translate into real political power. He shows, for example, how governors such as Ann Richards and George W. Bush forged personal relationships with individual legislators to achieve their policy goals. Filled with revealing insights and anecdotes from key players in each administration, The Power of the Texas Governor offers new perspectives on leadership and valuable lessons on the use of power.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292718982
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1: Governance
  • Chapter 2: John Connally
  • Chapter 3: Preston Smith
  • Chapter 4: Dolph Briscoe
  • Chapter 5: William P. Clements
  • Chapter 6: Mark White
  • Chapter 7: William P. Clements's Second Term
  • Chapter 8: Ann Richards
  • Chapter 9: George W. Bush
  • Chapter 10: Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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The Power of the Texas Governor: Connally to Bush 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
dachsluvr More than 1 year ago
McCall has written an insightful and witty account of Texas governors from Connally to Bush that focuses on their achievements and accomplishments as well as their failures and foibles. He also balances their use of power in the context of an office that seems to have none with the content of what constitutes real and effective leadership. Anchored by three governors with national reputations (Connally, Richards, and Bush), even those of us who aren't natvie Texans will enjoy this read.

I highly recommend this book.