A number of individuals and organizations played "behind the scenes" roles that proved critical to our research and writing efforts. We would like to acknowledge a few who have been particularly helpful.
This book could not have been prepared without the able assistance of the librarians at the Montgomery County ( Maryland) Library System; Alderman, Clemons, and the Curry School of Education Libraries of the University of Virginia; the States Information Center at the Council of State Governments; and the Office of State Services in the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the major associations of state government officials.
The substance and style of the text benefited from the research, editorial, and production assistance furnished by several individuals. Special thanks are due to Joan Casey of the staff of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations; Catherine Stover; and Lonce Bailey, a former graduate student at the University of Virginia, who provided research assistance for the education chapters and supervised production of the initial draft of the entire manuscript.
We are indebted to staff members of the University's Center for Public Service for their invaluable assistance, especially Frances Granger and Rhonda Katzman, who skillfully and cheerfully handled word processing and table preparation and coordinated production of draft chapters and the final manuscript; and Jayne Finkelstein and Jennifer Kleine, who designed the figures.
The authors also are grateful for the critical and constructive comments provided by two anonymous reviewers. Mildred Vasan of the Greenwood Publishing Group offered encouragement at each stage of the process.
Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to our wives -- Marge Colman and Kirstin Thompson -- for their support throughout the project.