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Governing New York State, Fifth Edition
Governing New York State, Fifth Edition
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Robert F. Pecorella - Editor
Jeffrey M. Stonecash - Editor
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Hardcover - 454 pages
Release Date: February 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6691-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6691-9

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Paperback - 454 pages
Release Date: February 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6692-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6692-6

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Essays on New York State government and politics.

New York State, because of its great diversity, has more extensive social and political conflict than most states. Governing New York State: Fifth Edition provides expert assessment of how these conflicts are organized and represented, and how the political process and political institutions work to seek to resolve them. This newly updated fifth edition contains significantly revised material and covers more topics than the prior edition.

The contributors examine conflicts between New York City and the rest of the state, and between federal, state, and local governments. The role of major political parties in organizing and representing broad coalitions of different groups is reviewed, along with the role of third parties, interest groups, and the media. Political institutions that shape the political process—the governor, the legislature, the courts, and the public authorities—are discussed, along with how these institutions affect the representation of responsiveness of various groups. Finally, Governing New York State investigates the major policy areas of the state: the economy, taxes, local education, higher education, health care, welfare, transportation, and the environment.

“This book provides the reader with informed perspectives on New York State government and politics. It will be useful to students as well as the citizens of New York and beyond.” — Peter J. Galie, author of Ordered Liberty: A Constitutional History of New York

Contributors include Elizabeth Benjamin, Gerald Benjamin, Thomas A. Birkland, Donald J. Boyd, Thomas W. Church, Keith M. Henderson, Rogan T. Kersh, Jeffrey Kraus, Sarah F. Liebschutz, Stephanie Lundquist, Sean Madden, Jeffrey Mapes, Brian J. Nickerson, Robert F. Pecorella, Kathryn A. Roe, Robert J. Spitzer, Henry Steck, Amanda Stein, Jeffrey M. Stonecash, and Amy Widestrom.

Robert F. Pecorella is Associate Professor of Government at St. John’s University. He is the author of many books, including Community Power in a Postreform City: Politics in New York City. Jeffrey M. Stonecash is Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He is the author of many books, including (with Mark D. Brewer and Mack D. Mariani) Diverging Parties: Social Change, Realignment, and Party Polarization. Pecorella and Stonecash are both Professors-in-Residence of the New York Assembly Intern Program.


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Table of Contents

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Part I. Political Conflicts and Their Representation

Introduction: The Sources of Conflict
Jeffrey M. Stonecash

1. The Two New Yorks in the Twenty-first Century: The City and the State
Robert F. Pecorella

2. Political Conflict and Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations
Donald S. Boyd

3. Political Parties and Elections
Jeffrey M. Stonecash and Amy Widestrom

4. Third Parties in New York
Robert J. Spitzer

5. Interest-Group Lobbying in New York State
Rogan T. Kersh

6. Reporters and Politicians in Albany: Access, Reciprocity, and News Management
Elizabeth Benjamin

Part II. Political Institutions and Decision Making

Introduction: State Government Institutions
Gerald Benjamin

7. New York’s Governorship: “What Happens Now?”
Gerald Benjamin and Elizabeth Benjamin

8. The Legislature, Parties, and Resolving Conflict
Jeffrey M. Stonecash

9. New York’s Courts
Brian J. Nickerson and Thomas W. Church

10. Other Governments: The Public Authorities
Keith M. Henderson

Part III. Public Policy

Introduction: Public Policy in New York
Jeffrey M. Stonecash

11. The Economy, Taxes, and Policy Constraints in New York
Stephanie Lundquist and Amy Widestrom

12. The Politics of State Education Aid: Is “Demography Destiny”?
Robert F. Pecorella

13. Contested Futures: Public Policy and The State University of New York
Henry Steck

14. Health Care in the Empire State: Expanding Access and Escalating Costs
Jeffrey Kraus

15. Social Services
Sarah F. Liebschutz

16. The Politics of Transportation
Jeffrey M. Stonecash

17. Environmental Policy in New York
Thomas A. Birkland

18. Guide to Research on New York Politics
Sarah F. Liebschutz

List of Contributors
Index



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