Governing New York State


Governing New York State



Edited by Robert F. Pecorella and Jeffrey M. Stonecash.

Includes chapter by College at Brockport emeritus Sarah F. Liebschutz: Guide to research on New York 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.



Publication Date


Publication Information

5th edition

Albany : State University of New York Press, c2006.

ix, 434 p. : illustrations ; 24 cm.


Political Science


Political Science & International Studies


Located in Drake Library at: JK3416 .N48 2006

CONTENTS: Political conflicts and their representation -- Introduction: The sources of conflict / Jeffrey M. Stonecash -- The two New Yorks in the twenty-first century: the city and the state / Robert F. Pecorella -- Political conflict and intergovernmental fiscal relations / Donald J. Boyd -- Political parties and elections / Jeffrey M. Stonecash and Amy Widestrom -- Third parties in New York / Robert J. Spitzer -- Interest-group lobbying in New York state / Rogan T. Kersh -- Reporters and politicians in Albany: Access, reciprocity, and news management / Elizabeth Benjamin -- Political institutions and decision making -- Introduction: state government institutions / Gerald Benjamin -- New York's governorship : what happens now? / Gerald Benjamin and Elizabeth Benjamin -- The legislature, parties and resolving conflict / Jeffrey M. Stonecash and Amy Widestrom -- New York's courts / Brian J. Nickerson and Thomas W. Church -- Other governments : the public authorities / Keith M. Henderson -- Public policy -- Introduction: public policy in New York / Jeffrey M. Stonecash -- The economy, taxes and policy constraints in New York / Stephanie Lundquist and Amy Widestrom -- The politics of state education aid : is demography destiny? / Robert F. Pecorella -- Contested futures : public policy and the State University of New York / Henry Steck -- Health care in the Empire State : expanding access and escalating costs / Jeffrey Kraus -- Social services / Sarah F. Liebschutz -- The politics of transportation / Jeffrey M. Stonecash with Mitchell H. Pally -- Environmental policy in New York / Thomas A. Birkland ... [et al.] -- Guide to research on New York politics / Sarah F. Liebschutz.

Governing New York State