The Pragmatist: Bill de Blasio's Quest to Save the Soul of New York by Joseph P. ViterittiThe Pragmatist: Bill de Blasio's Quest to Save the Soul of New York by Joseph P. Viteritti

The Pragmatist: Bill de Blasio's Quest to Save the Soul of New York

byJoseph P. Viteritti

Hardcover | September 19, 2017

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When Michael Bloomberg handed over the city to Bill de Blasio, New York and the country were experiencing record levels of income inequality. De Blasio was the first progressive elected to City Hall in twenty years. Invoking Fiorello La Guardia's name, he pledged to improve the lives of thosemarginalized by poverty and prejudice. Unlike La Guardia, de Blasio did not have allies in Washington like President Franklin D. Roosevelt who could effectively support his progressive agenda. As de Blasio approaches the end of his first term, the situation has gotten worse, with Donald Trump in the White House and Republicans who control Congress determined to further reduce social programs that help the needy. As a result, de Blasio's mayoralty is an illuminating case study of whatmayors can and cannot do on their own to address economic and social inequality. As the Democratic Party attempts to reassemble a viable political coalition that cuts across boundaries of race, class and gender, de Blasio's efforts to redefine priorities in America's largest city is instructive. Joseph P. Viteritti's The Pragmatist is the first in-depth look at de Blasio-both the man himself and his policies in crucial areas such as housing, homelessness, education, and criminal justice. It is a test case for the viability of progressivism itself. Along the way, Viteritti introduces thereader to every NYC mayor since La Guardia. He covers progressives who breathed life into the "soul of the city" before the devastating fiscal crisis of 1975 put it on the brink of bankruptcy, and those post-fiscal crisis chief executives who served during times of limiting austerity. This story ofthe rise, fall, and rebirth of progressivism in America's major urban center demonstrates that the road to progress has been a long-and continuing-journey.
Joseph P. Viteritti is the Thomas Hunter Professor of Public Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York. His most recent of many books is Summer in the City: John Lindsay, New York, and the American Dream.
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Title:The Pragmatist: Bill de Blasio's Quest to Save the Soul of New YorkFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 19, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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