MORE THAN MOST, this work is a collaboration involving many more people than those whose names appear on its cover. The book grew out of a larger research project, Civic Capacity and Urban Education, examining the politics of urban education reform in eleven cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. We thank the National Science Foundation for its generous support of this project. The research team was a wild and wooley group held in loose check only by the steady hand of Clarence N. Stone. Some were in it from beginning to end; some joined us along the way, and some dropped by the wayside, but all contributed to a rich and sometimes frenzied intellectual environment that certainly helped to shape our thinking. They include: Susan Clarke, Mara Cohen, Al DiGaetano, Kathryn Doherty, Bari Anhalt Erlichson, Barbara Ferman, Luis Fraga, Whitney Grace, Fernando Guerra, Rodney Hero, Connie Hill, John Hutcheson, Jr., Byran Jackson, Richard Jelier, Valerie Johnson, Bryan Jones, Cheryl Jones, Robin Jones, Stephen Kidd, Mark Kugler, Tom Longoria, John Portz, Carol Pierannunzi, Timothy Ross, Mark Schauer, Lana Stein, Heather Strickland, Mara Sydney, Marta Tellado, and Jorge Ruiz de la Vasco. Others who gave helpful feedback at various stages of the process are Christopher Foreman, Marilyn Gittell, Jennifer Hochschild, Katharine McFate, Michael Mintrom, Carol Pierannunzi, Wilbur Rich, Hanes Walton, Jr., Fred Wirt, and John Witte. Although these individuals were invaluable assets, responsibility for the writing of this book rests entirely with the authors.
Finally, we wish to thank our spouses—Robin, Catherine, Ramona, and Dwight—and families. We owe debts to them that cannot be repaid. They have endured the disruptions of family that the writing of a book inevitably demands. Without their encouragement, reassurance, and, most important, love, this book would not have been possible.