The New Wagner Mayoralty and the Shaping of Modern New York

  • Richard M. Flanagan


After the 1961 election, Mayor Wagner possessed new charter power and was a Democratic Party mayor free from the influence or control of Tammany or other party organizations because of his decisive victory. Running on his liberal, New Deal policy record, Wagner entered his third term at the height of his powers. While he exercised significant administrative powers with the revised charter, his efforts to organize and discipline the Democratic Party in the city as the new chief were frustrated and less successful. By the end of his third and last term in 1965, most of the characteristics of the modern political system in New York were in place: a strong administrative mayor, a weak party/strong interest group system, and strong programmatic linkages between the mayoralty and the public.


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© Richard M. Flanagan 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard M. Flanagan
    • 1
  1. 1.City College of New YorkCollege of Staten IslandUSA

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