Between State and Nation: Regional Organizations of the United States

Derthick, Martha. Between State and Nation: Regional Organizations of the United States. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 1974.

“The author is content with the . . . modest goals of describing what has happened when regional organizations were formed, and why it is visionary to expect much else in a democratic government designed according to the principles of federalism and separation of powers and representing a society that is pluralist. She thus attempts to isolate guiding principles rather than create a model for a new administrative state.

This will discourage some who take sides on the great issue of administrative effectiveness, but it is, I believe, the kind of analysis that is useful to all. . . . It is enough and refreshing not to have to hear simpleminded reformist homilies. The style of writing is simple and direct with an occasional light touch.”

-Charles Press, in a review of the book in Publius vol. 6, no. 3 (1976)