9780813544786

The Scandal of Reform: The Grand Failures of New York's Political Crusaders and the Death of Nonpartisanship

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    9780813544786

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    0813544785

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-04-01
  • Publisher: Rutgers Univ Pr
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Summary

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— 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—and members of both parties—to reconsider their faith in reforms that are no longer serving the public interest.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Evolution of Reform
Saints and Sinnersp. 7
Tweed: Reform's Child and Championp. 21
Purifying the Pollsp. 33
Reform Comes of Agep. 49
Murphy's Law: The Direct Primaryp. 72
Changing of the Guardsp. 85
The New Goo-Goosp. 96
The Battle over Nonpartisan Elections
Not Your Grandfather's Nonpartisanshipp. 109
The Politics of Processp. 118
Bossism and Ballot Accessp. 142
Noncompetitive Elections: The Elephant in the Roomp. 158
Participation and Representationp. 183
Race Concerns and Race Cardsp. 200
The New Fusionp. 225
Campaign Finance Folliesp. 245
Redeeming Reformp. 261
Notesp. 269
Indexp. 289
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