Mayer’s work is extremely topical and current, while also accessible to students, academics, and interested readers. By examining the way in which policy evolved around Internet gambling, specifically Internet poker, Mayer presents an encapsulated example of the policy-making process. His case study on Internet gambling offers an opportunity for readers to meet as equals, before delving into the complicated process of policy making and analysis, and to enter the conversation in an area made familiar by popular culture, ready access, and personal experience. Mayer’s organization of the text highlights his desire to foster this kind of interaction and intellectual engagement between 'teachers' and students, laying out the book and engaging with the established scholarship in such a way that makes it both accessible and appropriately rigorous. His writing itself is clear and pleasant to read, another advantage for scholarly literature. I learned a great deal from his presentation of this topic and his step-by-step analysis of all of the political actors, processes, supporting scholarship, and the role of federalism in this policy area.
Russell K. Mayer is a professor of political science at Merrimack College.