Representation in Crisis: The Constitution, Interest Groups, and Political Parties

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

That I was able to see this project through to completion is a testament to the intellectual and moral support, encouragement and assistance I received from countless sources. First, I owe a chief debt of gratitude to two people who were instrumental in shepherding me through the perils of the dissertation process, from which this book grew; to Dr. John Kenneth White for advice and counsel that was always as practical and pragmatic as it was enlightening and insightful, and to my "chief kibitzer," Dr. Ralph Morris Goldman, who deserves the primary credit for enabling me to uncover the intrigue and value of this subject, and whose unflagging sense of humor and energy were unsurpassed and a constant motivation. Thanks are due to Dr. Steve Schneck, the third member of my dissertation committee, for his always thoughtful comments and insights, especially with respect to the foundational chapters where such comments were most needed. A collective thank you is likewise in order for the other members of the Department of Politics at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. for their frequent words of advice and suggestions, even though they were under no compulsion to do so. I owe a special debt to departmental Chair Dr. David Walsh, who was always intent on facilitating completion of the project rather than creating obstacles to it, and to Dr. Dennis Coyle, who was kind enough to allow me the use of his office and computer equipment while on sabbatical. Helen Foggo, Audrey Whittaker, and other staff at Catholic University are deserving of my appreciation for good-naturedly tolerating my often nettlesome presence and for providing assistance even in the most mundane of tasks. My circle of graduate student colleagues, though they shall remain nameless to safeguard their reputations, provided an invaluable sounding board for ideas and, perhaps more importantly, arranged frequent stress-release activities which are absolutely essential for the completion of a task of this magnitude. Perhaps more important were the members of my WCF covenant group,

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