New York Politics

New York Politics : A Tale of Two States

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Most New Yorkers have very little knowledge of how influence is wielded in Albany. This acclaimed book offers a chance to look behind those closed doors. The authors - an Albany-based political scientist and a former State Assembly member, now joined by an expert on political blogging and networking - infuse their discussion of institutions and processes with the drama and significance of real power politics. Completely revised and updated with extensive new material, the book covers recent political developments and electoral contests as well as all the basics: constitutional issues; historical, economic, social, and demographic factors; the functioning of executive, legislative, and judicial institutions; urban, local, and special district governments; parties, interest groups, and bureaucracies; and, finance, budgets, health, education, and welfare programs. Throughout, the authors are attentive to the many paradoxes and dualities that distinguish political, social, and economic life in the Empire State.
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  • Hardback | 388 pages
  • 157.48 x 226.06 x 30.48mm | 430.91g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • maps, tables, figures, boxes, bibliography, index
  • 0765622041
  • 9780765622044

Table of contents

List of Tables, Figures, Boxes, and Maps Preface; 1. The States of New York; 2. New York in the Federal System; 3. Parties, Politics, and Elections; 4. Power, Pluralism, Public Opinion, and the Permanent Government; 5. The Living Constitution; 6. Struggles for Power, Position, and Access; 7. Making Public Policy; 8. Taxing, Spending, and Public Policy Priorities; 9. New Directions for New York; Appendix A: A Citizen's Guide to the 2009-2010 New York State Legislature; Appendix B: Maps.
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