Thomas R. Dye is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Florida State University. He received his B.S. and M.A. from Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books and articles on American government and public policy. Dye has served as president of the Southern Political Science Association, president of the Policy Studies Organization, and secretary of the American Political Science Association. He is the recipient of the Harold Laswell Award for career contributions to the study of public policy and the Donald C. Stone Award for career contributions to the study of federalism. He received the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2001 from Penn State's College of Liberal Arts. Dye has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Georgia. He served as visiting scholar at Bar-Elan University, Israel, and the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.
L. TUCKER GIBSON, JR.,is professor of political science at Trinity University, where he teaches introductory courses in American national and state governments as well as courses on U.S. legislatures, political parties, and interest groups.nbsp; He has served on the Civil Service Commission of the city of San Antonio, assisted local governments across central and couth Texas in redistricting their governmental bodies, and conducted public opinion research for political candidates, businesses, and corporations.nbsp; Gibson is the coauthor ofPolitics in America: Texas Edition. nbsp; CLAY ROBISONcovered state government and politics in Texas for almost 40 years as a journalist, first for theSan Antonio Light, and then for theHouston Chronicleand the San Antonio Express-News.nbsp; He covered many of the personalities and events that significantly impacted Texas government.nbsp; Robison is the coauthor ofPolitics in America: Texas Edition.