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110 Livingston Street
Politics and Bureaucracy in the New York City School System

By David Rogers

110 Livingston Street
Paperback, 616 pages £30.00
Published: 2006
ISBN: 9780975273838
Format: 210mm x 134mm
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Subjects: Education, Eliot Werner Publications, Sociology
Series: EWP Foundations of Sociology

David Rogers uses competing sociological models of mass society to analyze the New York City school system, which he describes as a “sick bureaucracy.” In his new prologue, the author discusses the divisive school decentralization crisis of the late 1960s and early 1970s as well as efforts by subsequent mayors to reform the system, including recent changes implemented by the Bloomberg administration.  Originally published by Random House in 1968.

Prologue to the Percheron Press Edition

Introduction: The New York City School Struggle

1. The Failure of Desegregation: A Brief History

2. Demographic and Housing Patterns

3. The Neighborhood School Movement

4. Civil Rights Organizations

5. The White Liberals

6. The Moderates

7. The Board and Its Top Decision Makers

8. The Professional Bureaucracy

9. Administrative Controls

10. Community Relations

11. Decision Making, Administrative Styles, and Crisis Management

12. The Board of Education and New York City Government

13. Alternative Reform Strategies and Public School Systems



Source Notes


'[A] thorough and important study of the immovable bureaucratic system which is threatening to destroy New York’s children.'
(Christian Science Monitor)

'Rogers captures the true impotence of those who try to open a system which protects itself by drifting from crisis to crisis.'
(New York Magazine)

'[A] book without heroes. . . . Even the best and most civic-minded actors in this tragedy are quickly absorbed by the school machine.' (New York Times Book Review)

David Rogers, Stern School of Business and New York University, New York.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 616 pages
 210mm x 134mm

BIC Code:
 Eliot Werner Publications


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