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Difference Between Mayor and Governor

Mayor vs Governor

In politics, there are many roles and positions being occupied by key people in society. They are often elected into office by the vote of the people as in the case of a democratic republic government of a non-sovereign nation. Two of the most notable leaders in this type of electoral system are the governor and the mayor. So how do they differ?

To start, the government is divided into three branches and three levels. By branches, there are the legislative (law-making body), judicial (applies and interprets the law) and executive (administrative) branches. By level, there are the local, state, and federal levels. Simply said, the governor is the chief executive or head of the state level government while the mayor is the chief executive of the local level government. In this connection, the governor is, without a doubt, having the bigger scope or area of responsibility (at least by definition) because he rules statewide. In some countries, these states are known as something else like provinces. Hence, the head of a province is the same as the head of the state – the provincial governor. By contrast, the mayor has less scope of power or area of responsibility because he is responsible for the local level of government which is the city or municipality.

It is also safe to say that the governor has more power than the mayor. This is often true because of the geographical extent of his area of responsibility. The mayors that rule their respective cities or municipalities are usually under the umbrella of the governor’s influence since these cities are just part of the bigger state or province. Nonetheless, the power of the mayor (although theoretically less than that of the governor) depends on the city’s size. For very big cities, the ruling mayor may appear to be more powerful than some governors.

The word “governor” comes from the French term “governeor.” This post can also be of a non-political nature like those who are hired to represent companies or oversee institutions. In the UK, for example, they have prison governors who are called wardens in the US. There are also bank and school governors.

Summary:

1.The governor (by definition) has a bigger area of responsibility (the state) compared to the mayor’s area of responsibility (the city or municipality).
2.The governor is the head of the executive branch of the state as opposed to the mayor who is the executive head of the local level of government.
3.Technically speaking, the governor has more power than the mayor.


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