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Cities of Knowledge by Margaret Pugh O'Mara

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Acknowledgments

WASHINGTON, D.C., was my first graduate school. I won admission by having the luck to work on a winning presidential campaign, which landed me in the White House less than a year later. It was a heady experience, and one that provided a sometimes painful crash course in politics and government. My time there showed me how much government matters, but also how public policy has limitations and shortcomings as a mechanism for social and economic change. I learned how much of this public-sector influence flows through policies flying well below the political radar screen, their profound effects largely unnoticed even in the age of twenty-four-hour news channels. Working in politics showed me how the implementation of federal policy ...

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