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1. In the interests of brevity and to simplify the arguments, we have not cited the voluminous literature supporting each of the methodologies or conventional wisdoms. For a good summary of this literature, see Blair and Reese, 1999.

2. States included in the sample were Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

3. Measures and indexes developed from the survey are complex, and full explication here would again dilute the argu- ments presented. Full description of all measures can be obtained from the authors and is available in Reese and Rosenfeld (in press). Central independent and dependent (policy) indexes are presented in Appendix B.


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