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September 2007


My chief regret is that Mettler's messages may "fall between two chairs." In striving to reach a wider readership through simple and schematic language, her book does not give serious students of public policy enough empirical and theoretical meat to chew on. (One might call the book a "tasting menu.") At the same time, to Mettler's credit, the book is just not sufficiently folksy and anecdotal to make it a likely candidate for The New York Times's best-seller list. But read it anyway. You will still learn a lot.


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Reprinted from American Journal of Sociology, Volume 113, Issue 2, September 2007, pages 584-586.
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Date Posted: 06 November 2007

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