Comprehensive overview of New York State’s politics, political institutions, and major public policies.
New York contains greater diversity than almost any other state. This diversity creates extensive social and political conflict within the state. Governing New York State, Sixth Edition provides expert assessment of how these conflicts are organized and represented, and how the political process and political institutions work in an effort to resolve them. Contributors explore the role of political parties and interest groups in representing these concerns. They also review the nature of the legislature, the governor, the courts, and public authorities as well as how these institutions play a role in making decisions. Finally, the impact of politics is analyzed for the policy areas of intergovernmental fiscal relations, welfare, health, and local education. The sixth edition of Governing New York State provides an excellent summary of the political process and most of the major policy controversies in the state.
Robert F. Pecorella is Associate Professor of Government at St. John's University and the author of Community Power in a Postreform City: Politics in New York City. Jeffrey M. Stonecash is Maxwell Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University and the author of Political Polling: Strategic Information in Campaigns.
"This is a more than adequate book for college students interested in the government and politics of New York State … The areas of intergovernmental relations and regional differences, so often ignored in such books, are well covered. " — CHOICE
"This is an interesting book for those who like to know how state governments operate, especially in a diverse state like New York, and the role that demographics play. " — Portland Book Review
Praise for the previous editions
"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
"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