The Scandal of Reform : The Grand Failures of New York's Political Crusaders and the Death of Nonpartisanship.
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- Piscataway : Rutgers University Press, 2009.
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- No city in the world has seen more intense political battles between bosses and reformers than New York, which is home to America's original party machine, Tammany Hall, and its most spectacular urban corruption scandals. In these battles, reformers have always presented themselves as white knights, gallantly crusading for good government against the petty and corrupt hacks who are driven by self-interest. So it remains today. But, as The Scandal of Reform makes clear, this good versus evil storyline is mostly myth#65533; an urban legend perpetuated by a reform community that has always been more selfrighteous than right and more interested in power than in democracy. The Scandal of Reform pulls the curtain back on New York's reformers past and present, revealing the bonds they have always shared with the bosses they disdain, the policy failures they still refuse to recognize, and the transition they have made from nonpartisan outsiders to ideological insiders. Francis S. Barry examines the evolution of political reform from the frontlines of New York City's recent reform wars. He offers an insider's account and analysis of the controversial 2003 referendum debate on nonpartisan elections, and he challenges reformers#65533;and members of both parties#65533;to reconsider their faith in reforms that are no longer serving the public interest.
Preface and Acknowledgements
Part One: The Evolution of Reform
Chapter 1: Saints and Sinners
Chapter 2: Tweed: Reform's Child and Champion
Chapter 3: Purifying the Polls
Chapter 4: Reform Comes of Age
Chapter 5: Murphy's Law: The Direct Primary
Chapter 6: Changing of the Guards
Chapter 7: The New Goo-Goos
Part Two: The Battle over Nonpartisan Elections
Chapter 8: Not Your Grandfather's Nonpartisanship
Chapter 9: The Politics of Process
Chapter 10: Bossism and Ballot Access
Chapter 11: Noncompetitive Elections: The Elephant in the Room
Chapter 12: Participation and Representation
Chapter 13: Race Concerns and Race Cards
Chapter 14: The New Fusion
Chapter 15: Campaign Finance Follies
Chapter 16: Redeeming Reform
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- Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
- Barry, Francis S.
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