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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 | $62.50 | £52.95 | ISBN: 9780691036731
320 pp. | 6 x 9 1/4 | 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.


"[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:

1 Introduction 3
2 How to Study Urban Political Power 23
3 The Postindustrial Transformation of New York City 44
4 The Rules of the Game in New York City Politics 69
5 Forging the Koch Coalition 100
6 The Exercise of Power - Who Got What and Why 129
7 The Fall of the Koch Coalition 165
8 The Koch Era in Perspective 190
Afterword 209
Notes 229
References 271
Index 289

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