This research endeavor would never have been accomplished without valuable advice, guidance, and support from a number of sources within and outside of the academic community. I am especially indebted to my colleague and mentor, Malcolm E. Jewell, who encouraged me to tackle this project, and who worked with me on some topics summarized here from our earlier publications: The Kentucky Legislature: Two Decades of Change, ( 1988), Political Parties and Primaries in Kentucky ( 1990), and "Kentucky: Adapting to an Independent Legislature"( 1992). I appreciate the role that the University Press of Kentucky played in our two books, and thus their contribution to the updated and refocused materials used here. I have also made use of the research of and advice from other political scientists and economists at the University of Kentucky--Lee Sigelman, Michael Baer, Merl Hackbart, Bruce Williams, Phillip Roeder, Bill Lyons, Brad Canon, Patricia Pauly, Ellen Riggle, Don Gross, Karen Mingst, Herb Reid, and Ernie Yanarella. My colleagues patiently provided the appropriate mixture of criticism and encouragement. I also benefited from the excellent data collections of the University of Kentucky Survey Research Center and the Center for Business and Economic Research, and from the assistance of three staffers at the Department of Political Science--Sandy Barnett, Holly Durkan, and Betty Pasley.
I thank Temple University for the financial support of research provided by a Faculty Summer Research Grant. I appreciate the early support of my former colleagues at Temple's Department of Political Science and at the Center for the Study of Federalism.
Series editors Dan Elazar and John Kincaid edited my work, and challenged me to clarify my thinking. Jane Curran ably copyedited my work. Diane Blair's Arkansas book served as an invaluable paradigm.