The suppression of the thesis from 1993 to 2001 at the request of the Clinton White House was documented in March 2007 by reporter Dedman, who read the thesis at the Wellesley library and interviewed Rodham's thesis adviser. Dedman found that the thesis did not disclose much of Rodham's own views.  A Boston Globe assessment found the thesis nuanced, and said that "While [Rodham] defends Alinsky, she is also dispassionate, disappointed, and amused by his divisive methods and dogmatic ideology."  Schechter told that "There Is Only The Fight . . ." was a good thesis, and that its suppression by the Clinton White House "was a stupid political decision, obviously, at the time." 
Modernization theory forms a core framework for the contemporary development framework, based on the role of that urbanization in progress, often accompanied by heightened industrialization, exposure to the mass media, and literacy. According to Jaquette (268), modernization theory views development from a liberal conception in which progress is a linear and cumulative process. Further, the scholar notes that modernization theory interprets development as expansionist and diffusionist, besides noting the centrality of value differences between traditional versus modern perspectives. Scott (23) explores the main themes evident in the modernization theory, one of which is the separation and differentiation of the household from a traditional to a modern perspective. In this case, tradition is a characteristic that runs counter to modernization, informing the change of ways that supposedly leads to development. Modernization also raises the theme of public versus private distinction. Here, modernity, good governance, rationality, and technological progress unfold in a public sphere inhabited by autonomous actors. Further, modernization theory relies on evolutionary frameworks that present development as a struggle to dominate nature. In this evolutionary model, development corresponds to the increasing ability of people to control and transform their environment (24).