New York City Politics: Governing Gotham (Paperback)

Governing Gotham

By Bruce F. Berg

Rutgers University Press, 9780813541914, 337pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2007



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.

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.