Gubernatorial Power

The Institutional Power Ratings for the 50 Governors of the United States

Observers of state politics in the U.S. have noted that the frameworks in which governors perform their jobs can influence how large of an impact they have on their states’ politics. The following are measures of how different states’ governorships are structured, with an eye toward creating a measure of institutional gubernatorial power.
 


 
 

Gubernatorial Power Data Links
 
Note:  To make sense of these files you need to download the definitions file, which is listed at the bottom of this page.  All files are Word format (*.doc).


2007 Updates

Institutional Powers (2007)

Personal Powers (2007)


2005 Updates

Institutional Powers (2005)

Personal Powers (2005)

Summary of Gubernatorial Powers (2005)



2004 Updates

Institutional Powers (2004)

Personal Powers (2004)

Summary of Gubernatorial Powers (2004)


Institutional Powers of the Governors of the 50 States.

 This file contains the GIP ratings and includes some notes and sources.

2007

2005

2002

2001

2000

State abbreviations
 
A list of how states are abbreviated in these files.
 
Separately elected officials
 
The number of other state officials that are elected with Governors as part of their tickets.  Data for 1994, 1998, 2001.
 
Codebook
 
A list of the abbreviations in the files and what they mean.
 
Tenure potential

The number of years the governor serves and term-limit status.   Data for 1960, 1966, 1968, 1980, 1988, 1994, 1998, 2001.

Appointment power
The governor’s power of appointment.   Data for 1960, 1968, 1980, 1988, 1994, 1998, 2001.

Budget power

The governor’s power over the state budget.   Data for 1960, 1966, 1968, 1980, 1988, 1994, 1998, 2001.
Veto power

Specifications of the governor’s veto power.   Data for 1948, 1960, 1968, 1980, 1988, 1994, 1998, 2001.

Gubernatorial party control

The degree to which the governor’s party control the legislature.   Data for 1988, 1994, 1998, 2001.

Organizational power

The governor’s power to organize the bureaucracy.   Data for 1980.

Institutional score

The governor’s overall power within a state’s institutional structure. This is the first two indexes with additional years.

Data for 1960, 1968, 1980, 1988, 1994, 1998, 2001.

Electoral mandate

Size of governors’ victories.  Data for 1994, 1998.

Ambition ladder

Governor’ places on state ambition ladder.   Data for 1994, 1998.

Personal future

Personal future of the governors.   Data for 1994, 1998.

Personal style

Personal style of the governors.   Data for 1994.

Job performance 

Governors’ job performance ratings in public opinion polls.   Data for 1998.

Governor's personal powers:  powers inherent in the governor position.

            2007

            2005

            For 2003, broken down by its composite indicators, with notes

            The summary result, for 1994 and 1998.

Legislative budget change

The power of the legislature to change the governors’ budget.   Data for 1988.

Summary of Personal and Institutional Powers of Governors by State, 2003

Each state’s summary score is the sum of its scores from the governor's personal powers and the governor's institutional powers.

Definitions

A list of the definitions for these measures .

Sources

A list of the sources for these indexes. 


This page was last updated July 2008.
Maintained by Patrick Wohlfarth.