New York State Government
What It Does, How It Works
An up-to-date description of the institutions and activities of New York State government.
This is the first comprehensive examination of New York State government in more than two decades. Robert Ward's book provides readers a thorough grounding in the state Constitution, the three branches of government in Albany, and the broad scope of state activities and services. This highly readable text presents rich and valuable insights into the competition that powerful actors engage in to develop and carry out public policies.
The treatment of each major top such as health, education, public safety, environment, jobs and welfare, and transportationstarts with historical development, critically important given the Empire State's leading role in the making of America.
Overall, the book sheds light on the reasons and the ways that New York State government changes over time in response to motivated leaders and the will of the people. It includes assessments of the State's leading governors and other instrumental players involved in the governmental process.
Robert B. Ward is Director of Research at the Public Policy Institute of New York.