I am grateful to many persons who provided assistance and support during the research for and writing of this book. Numerous state and local government employees and representatives of private organizations provided information. Helpful insights and advice were offered by scholars and practitioners who read all or parts of the manuscript at various stages of its development. Among them were John Kincaid, Daniel Elazar, Thad Beyle, David Diamont, Ran Coble, John Sanders, Sidney Eagles, and Edwin Hendricks. Their suggestions improved the text immensely.
My colleagues in the Wake Forest University Department of Politics assisted my efforts to balance administrative, teaching, and writing responsibilities. Elide Vargas, my administrative assistant, superbly converted much of the rough draft to a finished product. Wake Forest University supported the project with a research leave, financial grants, and commodious working facilities.
A version of part of Chapter 8 appears in Clive S. Thomas and Ronald J. Hrebenar , eds., Interest Groups in the Southern States ( Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1992), chap.5. I am grateful to Terri Johnson for assistance in the research for and preparation of this chapter.
My wife, Martha, and children were constant sources of encouragement. Together these family, friends, and scholars helped sustain me through the project and made it an enjoyable and rewarding experience.