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date: 24 May 2018

(p. xvii) Acknowledgments

(p. xvii) Acknowledgments

Firstly, and most importantly we wish to thank the contributors to the handbook. We are delighted to have brought together such an outstanding set of research experts from academic and policy arenas across Europe, North America, South America, and Asia. These experts have shown a high level of commitment and perseverance to the project from beginning to end. Without their expertise, dedication, and efficiency in producing scholarly banking chapters this handbook would never have been possible.

The production of this handbook has also relied heavily on the exceptional enthusiasm and commitment of Oxford University Press, most notably Sarah Caro, publisher for Economics and Finance who was crucial in helping us kick-start the project. Oxford University Press delegates and a number of anonymous referees also played an important role in advising on the shape of the handbook at its early stages. We would also like to acknowledge the help and advice of Aimee Wright and Jen Wilkinson, Assistant Commissioning Editors who worked closely with us throughout the entire production process. Harriet Ayles, Emma Hawes, Lianne Slavin, and Lucy Gostwick also played a crucial role toward the end of the project. Our proofreader, Michael Janes, also provided invaluable service toward the final stages of the project.

We would also like to acknowledge the support of our home institutions: the Moore School of Business at University of South Carolina; the Business School at Bangor University; and the Management School at University of St Andrews.

A number of individuals provided comments to us on the content and style on parts of the handbook, including Barbara Casu, Mark Flannery, Claudia Girardone, John Goddard, Dick Herring, Ed Kane, Donal McKillop, Joe Peek, and Larry White. A big thank you goes to them.

Finally, we would like to thank our families and friends for their encouragement and patience over the last three years while completing this handbook. Their support is much appreciated. (p. xviii)