When I think of all of those who have played a role in the development of this book, I am inspired by the level of generosity offered by so many.
I want to thank my colleagues at Southern Connecticut State University who granted me the sabbatical leave that gave me the time to focus on this project and to write the first draft of the manuscript.
I want to thank my colleagues in the Department of Political Science, all of whom are worthy of naming for the support and advice they have offered, and for the pleasure I have in working with them: Harriet Applewhite, Paul Best, John Critzer, Robert Gelbach, John Iatrides, Kul Rai, David Walsh, and Clyde Weed. A special thank you to Professor Applewhite, who read early drafts of several chapters and offered commentary that greatly improved the final product.
I am particularly grateful to Jean Polka, our department secretary, who aided in a big way on so many tasks in putting this book together. Jean's professionalism and skill help us get our job done, and her personality and spirit contribute in subtle but important ways to the very pleasant atmosphere of our workplace.