Gubernatorial Stability in Iowa: A Stranglehold on Power

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Gubernatorial Stability in Iowa: A Stranglehold on Power

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Since 1969, governors of Iowa have averaged a decade in office, significantly longer than their peers in other states. Why? This book draws on approval data, interviews with politicos around the state, including two former governors, and a statewide survey of Iowa voters to explain Iowa's unique tendency to reelect governors at an unprecedented rate. Results show that Iowa voters give their governors considerable leeway so long as they feel personally connected to the person holding that office. Iowa voters expect their governor to be out and about on a regular basis, an expectation that is fueled by Iowa's position as holding the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. A sagging economy doesn't necessarily spell electoral doom for a governor if he perceived as working hard on behalf of the electorate. When that feeling of connectivity is absent, however, such factors weigh heavily on governor's reelection prospects. -- Provided by publisher

Keywords

Governors -- Iowa; Iowa -- Politics and government; Elections -- United States;

Document Type

Book

ISBN

9781137528124

Publication Date

2015

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

City

New York, NY

Department

Department of Political Science

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xii, 164 pages ; 23 cm

Language

EN

Gubernatorial Stability in Iowa: A Stranglehold on Power

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