Above anyone else, I would like to thank my late, beloved father, Robert Busky. He will always be the most important influence on my life. He was the man who imparted to me his love of reading and his curiosity about the world around him. He was someone who knew a great deal about politics, something that is rare. We called ourselves liberals at first, but we were both radicalized by the Vietnam War, as were many other people. By the 1970s we were both beginning to call ourselves democratic socialists. I would like to also thank my mother Lena Busky, my brothers Kenneth H. Busky and Michael D. Busky, M.D., and his wife Demetra Busky for all their love and support over the years.
I received my B.A. degree in political science from Temple University, and went on to receive my M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from that university. I would like to dedicate this work especially to all the professors who have done so much to educate me and have repeatedly shown their kindness to me. A special thanks to two outstanding professors in Temple University's Department of Political Science. More than anyone else, Dr. Conrad Weiler, Jr. taught me how to think like a political scientist. From him I learned to not just blindly accept political theories, but to ask why these are the theories, and what may be the alternatives to these theories. I owe him a debt I can never repay, for he imparted to me a critical way of thinking about political problems that has always served me well. He is also one of the nicest persons I have ever had the pleasure to know, and a true friend to his students. When I was his student, he taught me urban politics. He tells me that he now is teaching in the field of constitutional law. I envy his current students.