An indispensable guide to New York State's politics, political institutions, and public policies.
New York State, because of its great diversity, has more extensive social and political conflict than most states. Governing New York State: Fourth Edition provides expert assessment of how these conflicts are organized and represented, and how the political process and political institutions work to resolve them. This newly updated fourth edition of the highly successful Governing New York State contains significantly revised material and covers more topics than the prior edition.
To explain conflicts and their representation, separate chapters review the conflicts between New York City and the rest of the state, and the conflicts that exist between the federal, state, and local governments. The role of the major political parties in organizing and representing broad coalitions of differing groups is examined, along with the role of third parties, interest groups, and the media. Also addressed are the development and role of political institutions that shape the political process–the governor, the legislature, the courts, and the public authorities–and how these institutions affect the representation of, and responsiveness to, 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.
Contributors include Gerald Benjamin, Mark D. Brewer, Harvey Catchen, Thomas W. Church, David Louis Cingranelli, Keith M. Henderson, Robert C. Lawton, David S. Liebschutz, Sarah F. Liebschutz, David L. Markell, Brian J. Nickerson, Mitchell H. Pally, Robert F. Pecorella, R. Eric Petersen, Alice Sardell, Edward Schneier, Robert J. Spitzer, Henry Steck, Jeffrey M. Stonecash, and Gary Weiskopf.
Jeffrey M. Stonecash is Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and Professor-in-Residence of the New York Assembly Intern Program. He is the author of Class and Party in American Politics.
"…the most up-to-date and comprehensive survey of government and politics in the state of New York. " — Howard A. Scarrow, author of Parties, Elections, and Representation in the State of New York