Politics and Policies in State and Local Governments

Politics and Policies in State and Local Governments

Politics and Policies in State and Local Governments

Politics and Policies in State and Local Governments

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A reader who accepts at face value everything in this book--in any book, for that matter--will have missed its main point. I hope to stimulate thought, not to suppress it; to raise questions, not to pronounce dogma; to suggest answers and ways of getting answers, not to set down formulae. I do not mean the substantive discussion is factually inaccurate. Nor is it, despite its relative brevity, incomplete. But the way facts are ordered, and inferences drawn from them, is a product of the perspectives and values of authors. I do not refer simply to "liberal" and "conservative" prejudices. I mean also the determination of what is worth examining and what may safely be ignored; the interpretation of the way . . .

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