Lauth, Thomas P.
January 1984
Public Administration Quarterly;Winter84, Vol. 7 Issue 4, p396
Academic Journal
The article examines the extent to which the method of agency head selection affects U.S. gubernatorial influence over state agency budget appropriations. The public budgeting literature reports that state legislative appropriations tend to conform more closely to gubernatorial recommendations than to agency requests. In most states a number of executive branch agency heads are elected. This practice, however, may weaken the governor's ability to exercise the same degree of budgetary control over those agencies as can be exercised over agencies with appointed heads. Elected agency heads with independent bases of political support have at least the potential for circumventing the governor and dealing directly with the legislature on budgetary matters, even though they may be required to submit their annual funding requests to the legislature through the central office and the governor. Even though agencies with elected heads have the potential for greater independence from the governor them agencies with appointed heads, they may nevertheless choose not to deal directly with the legislature in budgetary matters. Initially, short-term success and success in expansion may be measured by computing the average agency request, average gubernatorial recommendation and average legislative appropriation for all agencies submitting budget requests between 1974 and 1981.


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