Gubernatorial Stability in Iowa: A Stranglehold on Power by Christopher W. Larimer

By Christopher W. Larimer

This publication makes use of a multi-method method of clarify why contemporary Iowa governors were in a position to remain in place of work considerably longer than their friends. electorate in Iowa price a private reference to their governor and people governors who forget about that expectation are held dependable on the polls.

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5 As mentioned earlier, the first question regarding gubernatorial stability pertains to the governorship of Chet Culver and why, unlike his three immediate predecessors who served and voluntarily retired after five, four, and two terms in office, his time in office ended after just one term. Thus, the initial focus of this part of the analysis will be explaining changes in gubernatorial approval for the years 1969–2010. This time period covers all of Governor Ray’s time in office (1969–1983), Governor Branstad (1983–1999), Governor Vilsack (1999–2007), and Governor Culver (2007–2011).

However, several economic indicators at the time of Culver’s reelection were actually positive in relative terms. 6 percentage points from Culver’s nomination in January of 2007 to the month before his reelection in October of 2010. 5 percent. By King and Cohen’s measure of “relative unemployment,” Iowa was doing quite well. At the time of Culver’s reelection vote, the state’s unemployment rate was still over 3 percentage points below the federal unemployment rate.  Federal unemployment Federal unemployment(%) Correlations between approval ratings and unemployment rates by governor Approval Governor Culver (2007-2010) 1//2007 1/12/2007 2/9/2007 3/9/2007 4/13/2007 5/11/2007 5/14/2007 6/8/2007 7/13/2007 7/23/2007 8/10/2007 9/14/2007 10/12/2007 11/12/2007 11/9/2007 12/13/2007 1/11/2008 2/15/2008 2/17/2008 3/14/2008 4/11/2008 5/16/2008 8/15/2008 9/19/2008 9/19/2008 10/17/2008 11/21/2008 12/19/2008 1/20/2009 1//2009 2/20/2009 3/20/2009 3/30/2009 4/24/2009 4//2009 5/28/2009 6/12/2009 7/2/2009 7/17/2009 7/23/2009 8/26/2009 9/14/2009 9/27/2009 11//2009 2//2010 9//2010 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 The “Personal” Power of Iowa Governors Since 1969  Thus, the precise nature of the extent to which the economic downturn affected Culver is difficult to answer.

As I discuss in that chapter, monthly unemployment data prior to 1976 is unreliable. 2, Governor Ray is excluded due to a small sample (N N = 9). Ray’s record is included in more sophisticated analyses in Chapter 2. 05 level of significance; this indicates there is a less than 1 percent or 5 percent chance of the reported finding being the result of random error or simply due to chance.  Beyle (1999: 222) notes that prior legislative experience did not show up as a significant advantage on his survey of American governors administered in 1994, but also that state legislative experience and statewide elective office (such as Secretary of State) are increasingly popular professions of governors (195).

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