Return to Home Page Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Youtube Rockefeller Institute of Government
Skip Navigation

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government

 
New York State Government: Government Reform

Government Reform

Gubernatorial Succession and the Powers of the Lieutenant Governor

   [PDF]
A Public Policy Forum featuring Honorable Joseph L. Bruno, Majority Leader and President Pro Tem, New York State Senate; Honorable Robin Schimminger, New York State Assembly; Panel: Gerald Benjamin, SUNY New Paltz, Richard Briffault, Columbia University, Peter J. Galie, Canisius College. May 29, 2008
Listen to the Audio (Full)
Segment 1: Honorable Robin Schimminger
Segment 2: Honorable Joseph L. Bruno
Panel: Gerald Benjamin, Richard Briffault, and Peter Galie

The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved Our Country, and Why It Can Again

   [PDF]
A Book Forum with Eric Lane, Eric J. Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Public Service at Hofstra University School of Law. March 4, 2008

What Works in Redistricting Reform? Evidence from the States

   [PDF]
A Public Policy Forum with Bruce Cain, Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California at Berkeley, and Director of the UC Washington Center, Washington, D.C. June 15, 2007

New York State Government: Second Edition


A new edition of the definitive guide to New York State government, looking at the agenda and challenges facing New York policymakers in the years ahead. With five new chapters, the book also examines the issue of the upstate economy, New York‘s complex array of local governments, and the role of debt and public authorities.
Robert B. Ward, The Rockefeller Institute Press, 2006
Order from SUNY Press Curriculum   [PDF]

Privatization in the Public Sector: Is It Worth It?

   [PDF]
A Public Policy Forum with Bruce Cain, Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California at Berkeley, and Director of the UC Washington Center, Washington, D.C. June 15, 2007

Can and Should NYC’s Campaign Finance Reforms Be Extended to State Offices?

   [PDF]
A Public Policy Forum with Nicole A. Gordon, Vice President, JEHT Foundation; Amy Loprest, Executive Director, New York City Campaign Finance Board; and Michael J. Malbin, Executive Director, Campaign Finance Institute. April 25, 2007

Who Should Redraw the Political Map? Redistricting in New York State

   [PDF]
Many observers view legislative redistricting, along with campaign finance reform, as two necessary cornerstones of any effort to fundamentally reform New York State government. Most, if not all, of these proposals advocate some form of nonpartisan or independent commission to draw district lines. Roman Hedges and Blair Horner share their differing views on this issue.
A Public Policy Forum with Roman Hedges, Deputy Secretary, New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee, and Member, NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment, and Blair Horner, Legislative Director, New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). May 19, 2006

Campaign Finance: The Reform Moment in Albany and DC?

   [PDF]
Campaign finance reform raises an enormous range of questions. There are constitutional questions about how you regulate campaign spending without burdening free speech or freedom of assembly; deep questions of political values; and a lot of practical questions.
A Public Policy Forum with Michael Waldman, Executive Director, The Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law, April 28, 2006

Perspectives on New York State's Lobbying Law

   [PDF]
Lobbying is a big business. It was over $149 million in 2005 and will continue to be a big business in Albany. David Grandeau, executive director of New York Temporary State Commission on Lobbying, examines the law regulating lobbying in the state.
A Public Policy Forum with David Grandeau, Executive Director, New York Temporary State Commission on Lobbying, April 4, 2006

Performance Management in State and Local Government

   [PDF]
A Public Policy Forum with Peter Salins, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, State University of New York; Richard P. Nathan, Co-Director, Rockefeller Institute of Government; Henry Olsen, Executive Director of the Center for Civic Innovation, The Manhattan Institute; Chauncey G. Parker, Director, NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services; Robert Fleury, First Deputy Commissioner, NYS Office of General Services; Andrew S. Eristoff, Commissioner, NYS Department of Taxation and Finance; Swati Desai, Acting Executive Deputy Administrator, Office of Policy and Program Analysis, NYC Human Resources Administration; Dennis Smith, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University; and Fred Wulczyn, Research Fellow, Chapin Hall Center for Children, University of Chicago. Sponsored by New York State Division of the Budget/Manhattan Institute/Rockefeller Institute. February 8, 2005

The Brennan Center Report: The New York State Legislative Process — An Evaluation and Blueprint for Reform: Two Views

   [PDF]
A Public Policy Forum with Jeremy Creelan, Associate Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law, and Jeffrey Stonecash, Chairman, Political Science Department, Maxwell School of Syracuse University. January 6, 2005

Campaign Contribution Limits: Cure or Curse?

   [PDF]
Rather than offer more elaborate ways of quashing electoral participation, reform proposals ought to offer ways of harnessing large contributors and institutional resources to expand the range of interests organized effectively for electoral action.
Thomas Gais, Regulation, 1999

The Day After Reform: Sobering Campaign Finance Lessons from the American States

   [PDF]
This book is based on a fifty-state survey of campaign finance laws and their administering agencies, analyses of reports from the states that release candidate-level data, and extensive open-ended interviews with political leaders in half a dozen jurisdictions with among the most ambitious regulatory frameworks. It concludes with recommendations based on realistic assumptions set in a package that is designed to remain workable over the long haul.
Michael Malbin and Thomas Gais, The Rockefeller Institute Press, 1997
Order from SUNY Press

Handbook for Appointed Officials in America's Governments

   [PDF]
In American governments, unlike in other countries, there are thick layers of officials in appointive offices. Thousands of people serve in these roles. They are "inners and outers" who serve "at the pleasure" of the officials who appointed them. This small book — really a long essay — is intended to inform people who should be interested in these exciting, challenging leadership jobs inside America's governments.
Richard P. Nathan, The Rockefeller Institute Press, 2000
Order from SUNY Press

Social Science in Government

   [PDF]
This book presents a lively retrospective account of a career as an inner and outer in American government and academe by a social scientist who has spent many years conducting evaluation studies of what works — and what doesn't work — in domestic public affairs. The book uses rich histories of prominent policy issues and descriptions of major studies of welfare and job programs to bring to life crucial questions about how social science can best serve social policy.
Richard P. Nathan, The Rockefeller Institute Press, 2000
Order from SUNY Press