Barreto's book helps to bridge the gap between comparativists, who would attempt to understand commonwealth politics through the use of theories that stress factors such as dependency, ethnicity, and cultural nationalism, and the broad community of students of American politics. . . . A welcome addition to the literature on American politics not only because it takes the long-dominant Downsian approach to the study of legislative action seriously but also because it broadens the debate concerning what Puerto Rico is actually all about.
--American Political Science Review
A significant contribution to the continuing contentious debate on the status of Puerto Rico ( commonwealth, statehood, independence).