New York Politics and Government


New York Politics and Government

Competition and Compassion

Sarah F. Liebschutz
Contributed by Robert W. Bailey, Jeffrey M. Stonecash, Jane Shapiro Zacek, Joseph F. Zimmerman, and Daniel J. Elazar

Politics and Governments of the American States Series

235 pages


February 1998


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About the Book

Two values often at odds with each other—competition and compassion—dominate New York’s political culture. Since the eighteenth century New York has been known for its economic leadership and entrepreneurial opportunities. Its nickname, “the Empire State,” reflects the state’s continuing role as a national and international center of industry and commerce. Yet New York’s political culture, as Daniel J. Elazar has noted, is paradoxically both individualistic and moralistic. Compassion is extended not only toward those unable to compete in the marketplace but also toward the numerous interest groups and institutions—labor, business, nonprofit agencies—that depend on the state’s largesse for their own well-being. This distinctive political blend can produce inconsistent yet complementary public policies, such as providing tax incentives for economic development alongside liberal Medicaid benefits.

In this excellent overview of New York politics, five distinguished scholars explore the state’s paradoxical political culture, examining its local, regional, and national components through the years.

Author Bio

Sarah F. Liebschutz is Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Political Science at the State University of New York College at Brockport. She is the author of Bargaining under Federalism: Contemporary New York. Robert W. Bailey is on the graduate faculty in public policy and administration at Rutgers University. Jeffrey M. Stonecash is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Syracuse University. Jane Shapiro Zacek is the director of the Office of Grant Support and an adjunct professor of political science at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Joseph F. Zimmerman is a professor of political science in the Graduate School of Public Affairs, State University of New York at Albany.

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