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Martha Derthick retired in 1999 from the Department of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia, where she was the Julia Allen Cooper Professor. She is the author of numerous books on American government, including: Dilemmas of Scale in America's Federal Democracy (editor, 1999); Agency Under Stress: The Social Security Administration in American Government (1990); The Politics of Deregulation (with Paul J. Quirk, 1985); and Policymaking for Social Security (1979), which won the Kammerer Prize of the American Political Science Association as the best book of the year on American public policy. Before going to the University of Virginia, she was for twelve years a member of the Governmental Studies Program of the Brookings Institution, and was the program's director between 1978 and 1983. She has also taught at Dartmouth College, Stanford University, Harvard University, and Boston College.
"After reading only the first few chapters, I was convinced that this was certainly one of the most politically dense and rich events in the last few decades. Although the policy problem, regulating the production and sale of cigarettes, seems simple and readily comprehensible, the attempts to address it raise an almost unbelievable number of exciting and serious issues in constitutional government and democratic politics."
Thomas P. ONeill, Jr.
"Here is a fascinating, well-written case study that introduces the reader to a brave new political world of ambitious state attorneys general, ingenious and fabulously wealthy tort lawyers, crusading regulators, and, of course, scheming tobacco executives. Just as importantly, it forces us to ask whether current efforts to exorcise the demon tobacco have weakened our commitment to self-government."
—Professor of American Politics, Boston College