BRYAN D. JONES, Ph.D. is Donald R. Matthews Distinguished Professor of American Politics and Director of the Center of American Politics and Public Policy at the University of Washington, Seattle. His scholarly interests focus on American public policy processes while his research concentrates on decision-making in policymaking organizations and on agenda-setting processes in American national political institutions. His previous books include Politics and the Architecture of Choice and Reconceiving Decision-Making in Democratic Politics, both of which won the American Political Science Association (APSA) Political Psychology Section Robert Lane Award, and Agendas and Instability in American Politics (with Frank Baumgartner), which won the 2001 Aaron Wildavsky Award for Enduring Contribution to the Study of Public Policy, awarded by APSA's Public Policy Section. In addition, his articles have appeared in American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, and American Journal of Political Science, and he has served on the editorial boards of American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Economic Development Quarterly, Governance, Political Psychology, and State and Local Government Review.


WALTER WILLIAMS, Ph.D. is the Distinguished Fellow, Center for American Politics and Public Policy and Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, Seattle. His research focuses on presidential decision-making, governance and leadership. A frequent contributor to the editorial pages of newspapers across the country, his previous books include Reaganism and the Death of Representative Democracy, Honest Numbers and Democracy, and Mismanaging America.