The Power and Politics of the Executive Branch
The multitude of responsibilities and duties carried out by an Arkansas governor places him at the center of the state's policymaking process.
Robert Johnston and Dan Durning, The Arkansas Governor's Role in the Policy Process, 1965-79, 1981
In fact, the Arkansas Constitution may so severely limit the governor that the likelihood of one of them having a significant impact on history and events is greatly reduced.
Cal Ledbetter Jr., and C. Fred Williams, "Arkansas Governors in the Twentieth Century," 1982
The Arkansas governorship has been alternately described as an office of feeble incapacity and of towering strength. Since the framers of the 1874 constitution were not only antigovernmental but fiercely antigubernatorial, they deliberately designed a governorship of strictly limited powers: a twoyear term; a meager salary specified in the constitution itself; executive power divided between the governor and other separately elected executives; and a veto that could be overridden by a simple majority of the legislature.
The two-year term became a four-year term beginning with the 1986 elections, and since the brief term has frequently been identified as the most debilitating feature of the Arkansas governorship, the extension potentially