IT HAS TAKEN MEAN UNUSUALLY LONG TIME TO COMPLETE this book. It is therefore a great pleasure, finally, to have the opportunity to thank some of the people and institutions that have helped me along the way, even if many debts will have to go unmentioned. I hope those left out will forgive me.
I thank the Spencer Foundation in Chicago for supporting this project not once but twice, and for introducing me to the world of educational research. I thank R. Shep Melnick, my mentor and dissertation advisor at Brandeis, for his intellectual guidance. I have been fortunate to teach at several wonderful institutions over the course of my academic career. I thank my former colleagues in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers-New Brunswick (faculty and graduate students alike), especially Susan Lawrence and Milton Heumann. Milt and Susan gave me much support and, by their example, much inspiration. I thank my former colleagues in the Department of Political Science at the City College of New York for their good cheer and decency, and also my new colleagues and friends in the Department of Political Science, Economics and Philosophy at the College of Staten Island, for creating an intellectual environment that is both serious and warm.