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date: 13 December 2018

(p. xiii) Acknowledgments

(p. xiii) Acknowledgments

We are indebted to a host of colleagues and friends for their support while we developed the Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems. While naming everyone would make this already sizable volume even longer, we would like to acknowledge a few groups and individuals to whom we owe a special debt.

The origins of the volume can be traced back to our collaboration on a research project funded by the National Science Foundation (SES-0751662 and SES-0751436). The project on electoral systems and party personnel decisions not only brought the three coeditors together but also introduced them to some of the contributors, and produced ideas and data featured in the Handbook.

The community of electoral systems scholars was incredibly responsive to our requests for participation in the volume. Our volume includes over fifty outstanding contributors, and we have benefited from interactions with them during the production of the Handbook. The field of electoral studies features even more great scholars we could not include in the volume, but who will continue to advance the field, supporting and challenging arguments in the book.

We are grateful to Oxford University Press for its encouragement and patience in the development process. We would especially like to thank Molly Balikov, Alyssa Callan, and David Pervin at OUP, and Meghana Antony at Newgen, for all of their efforts to take this volume from an idea to a fully realized handbook. Saadia Pekkanen also offered guidance at an early stage as we conceived the project. Colleagues at our home universities—West Virginia University, University of Washington, and University of California, Davis—helped us to carve out the time needed to craft the volume, and we thank them for their support. Robert thanks the Japan Studies Program at the University of Washington for support. We also thank J. D. Mussel for reading several chapters and for offering numerous helpful comments.

Finally, we would like to thank our families (Lea and Carter Herron, Saadia and Sophia Pekkanen, and Merry Shugart) for their steadfast support.