This volume has been several years in the making, and I have incurred several debts that should be acknowledged here. The contributors to this volume waited patiently for their work to appear in print, and I am grateful for their unwavering commitment to Governing Partners. I also want to thank Larry Dodd, editor of the Transforming American Politics series for Westview Press, for his encouragement of this project.
Governing Partners began its life at Westview Press under the able direction of Jennifer Knerr. When Jennifer left the press, Leo Wiegman assummed responsibility for the volume and skillfully brought it to completion. Under Leo's direction, Ryan Goldberg and Scott Horst produced the final version of the manuscript, which benefited greatly from the copyediting advice of Jennifer Swearingen.
At Indian University in Bloomington, Eve Alexander patiently and carefully assembled the essays and prepared them for submission in electronic form. Mike Baumgartner traced several elusive references and improved the bibliography. Tim Tilton freely shared his insights on the interactions between state and county governments in Indiana. All of these people did their best to improve Governing Partners; any remaining errors or defects are my responsibility.
Russell L. Hanson