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A Phoenix in the Ashes:
The Rise and Fall of the Koch Coalition in New York City Politics
John Hull Mollenkopf
With a new afterword by the author

Paperback | 1994 | $55.00 / £37.95 | ISBN: 9780691036731
280 pp. | 6 x 9 | 26 tables 7 maps
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In the years following its near-bankruptcy in 1976 until the end of the 1980s, New York City came to epitomize the debt-driven, deal-oriented, economic boom of the Reagan era. Exploring the interplay between social structural change and political power during this period, John Mollenkopf asks why a city with a large minority population and a long tradition of liberalism elected a conservative mayor who promoted real-estate development and belittled minority activists. Through a careful analysis of voting patterns, political strategies of various interest groups, and policy trends, he explains how Mayor Edward Koch created a powerful political coalition and why it ultimately failed.

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"[A] first-rate study of the ascendancy and collapse of the Koch coalition.... Mollenkopf traces the arabesque of race, class, ethnicity, labor, religion, and policy payoffs ... that defined politics in what he terms a 'post-industrial' city.... Essential for understanding today's bitter Big Apple social politics...."--Choice

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments
1Introduction3
2How to Study Urban Political Power23
3The Postindustrial Transformation of New York City44
4The Rules of the Game in New York City Politics69
5Forging the Koch Coalition100
6The Exercise of Power - Who Got What and Why129
7The Fall of the Koch Coalition165
8The Koch Era in Perspective190
Afterword209
Notes229
References271
Index289

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