New York City Politics: Governing Gotham

New York City Politics: Governing Gotham

by Bruce F. Berg

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Most experts consider economic development to be the dominant factor influencing urban politics. They point to the importance of the finance and real estate industries, the need to improve the tax base, and the push to create jobs. Bruce F. Berg maintains that there are three forces which are equally important in explaining New York City politics: economic development; the city’s relationships with the state and federal governments, which influence taxation, revenue and public policy responsibilities; and New York City’s racial and ethnic diversity, resulting in demands for more equitable representation and greater equity in the delivery of public goods and services.

New York City Politics focuses on the impact of these three forces on the governance of New York City’s political system including the need to promote democratic accountability, service delivery equity, as well as the maintenance of civil harmony. This second edition updates the discussion with examples from the Bloomberg and de Blasio administrations as well as current public policy issues including infrastructure, housing and homelessness, land use regulations, and education.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813586663
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 06/22/2018
Edition description: Second Edition, Revised and Updated
Pages: 358
Sales rank: 553,203
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

BRUCE F. BERG is a professor of political science at Fordham University. He is the author of Healing Gotham: New York City’s Public Health Policy for the Twenty-first Century.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 The Economic Development Imperative
3 The State and the City
4 The Federal Government and the City
5 Racial and Ethnic Diversity
6 Political Parties and New York City Governance
7 The Charter, The Mayor, and the Other Guys
8 The City Council
9 The Municipal Bureaucracy
10 Conclusion

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