Follow the Money: Who Controls New York City Mayors?

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Reveals the powerful influence of financial elites on New York City’s mayors.
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“This is a valuable book for students of municipal finance, New York City fiscal policy and politics, the relations among state and municipal governments, and the pluralized politics of fiscal policy … There are larger lessons for our notions of democracy here, and even the lay reader will find this study sobering reading in the midst of the current economic downswing.” — CHOICE

“Weikart puts a human face on New York City’s fiscal crises, analyzes their historical patterns, and compares the tenure of several mayors. In doing so, she provides an invaluable resource for those who study cities.” — Wilbur C. Rich, author of David Dinkins and New York City Politics: Race, Images, and the Media

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438425320
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 4/9/2009
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 1,547,028
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynne A. Weikart is Associate Professor of Political Science at Baruch College School of Public Affairs, the City University of New York.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

1. Introduction

2. Theories about Urban Political Power and Financial Elites

3. LaGuardia and the Great Depression

4. The Prelude to the 1975 Fiscal Crisis

5. Mayor Abe Beame and the 1975 Fiscal Crisis (1974–1978)

6. Mayor Ed Koch and the Unremitting Fiscal Crisis (1978–1990)

7. Mayor David Dinkins and the 1989 Fiscal Crisis (1990–1994)

8. Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s First Term and the Ongoing Fiscal Crisis (1994–2002)

9. Mayor Mike Bloomberg after 9/11 (2002–present)

10. Conclusion

Appendix A Expenditure Categories
Appendix B Constant Dollars


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