By Gerald McBeath
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People engaged in Alaska politics and serving in Alaska government, as well as some no longer actively involved, provided essential assistance. We interviewed many persons, and several Alaskans, including prominent members of the Alaska press, criticized earlier drafts of chapters in this book. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner also generously loaned us a number of photographs used in this book. Four experts on American state government provided valuable advice and suggestions for improvement of the manuscript: L.
Chapter 11, by Gerald McBeath, discusses the state's chief executive. The chapter considers the history of the governorship through gubernatorial elections, showing the recent impacts of candidate organizations and issues. Focusing on the constitutional provisions for a strong executive, the chapter examines the governor's appointment powers, role as opinion leader and policymaker, and budgetary authority. Brief comments are presented on different styles of past executive leadership. Chapter 12, by Gordon Harrison, presents a comprehensive survey of the state's administrative system.
S. Navy. In 1884 Congress made Alaska a judicial district with passage of the First Organic Act. It provided the district with an appointed federal judge and various court officials as well as a territorial governor and other functionaries. In 1906 federal legislation granted Alaskans a delegate to Congress, and the passage of the Second Organic Act in 1912 officially made Alaska a territory and gave it a legislature with limited powers. With a large influx of population after World War II came increasing demands for statehood.
Alaska State Government & Politics (Alaska Historical Commission Studies in History ; No. 208) by Gerald McBeath