New York State's “Foreign Policy”

Kathryn Bryk Friedman

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

 New York State's “Foreign Policy”

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This article investigates a unique aspect of New York State governance—its engagement in foreign policymaking. It also discusses some of the ways in which state officials collaborate and build relationships with foreign governments and, particularly in the case of Canada, provincial counterparts in economic, political, cultural, and environmental spheres. It is shown that New York State legislators engage in foreign policymaking on issues that directly affect their constituents, although admittedly to a minimal degree when compared to their executive and judicial counterparts. The New York State judiciary has contributed to the growing body of international human rights law. It then turns to local government engagement in foreign policy. New York foreign policy takes place in social, political, cultural, economic, and environmental sectors touching virtually every corner of the globe. It is suggested that New York State has nothing to lose from strengthened engagement on the global stage.

Keywords: governance; New York State; Canada; foreign policymaking; foreign governments; legislators; judiciary; foreign policy

Article.  13015 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; International Relations

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