The Study of New York Government

Gerald Benjamin

in The Oxford Handbook of New York State Government and Politics

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195387230
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Study of New York Government

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Six of New York's nine constitutional conventions occurred before the turn of the twentieth century. The New York constitution mandated in 1848 that a referendum be held every twenty years on whether a state convention should be held. One result of the governing processes defined in the state constitution is the public record that offers the basis for professional analysis and commentary on New York State government. Columbia University—and therefore New York State—was the American birthplace of the academic study of state government. The development of university-based public opinion polling organizations has a major impact on the study of state government and politics. This book assumes that governmental structure and institutions are the shaping factors in governance. It therefore tries to demonstrate how and why New York is governed.

Keywords: New York State government; New York constitution; state constitution; Columbia University; public opinion polling; politics; governmental structure; institutions; governance

Article.  6357 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Institutions

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