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date: 27 June 2022

(p. xv) Acknowledgments

(p. xv) Acknowledgments

The idea for this Handbook emerged from several workshops organized by one or both editors and sponsored by the International Studies Association. These events convinced us that the narrative that only a handful of political scientists were working on issues of energy politics was no longer accurate. In fact, a community of talented international relations scholars, comparative political scientists, and other international studies scholars, many of them still working toward their PhDs or recently graduated, is working on in this important area of research. This Handbook brings together more than forty scholars from around the world, who cite over a thousand others, demonstrating there is indeed an energy politics literature.

We thank all the Handbook contributors, the more than sixty anonymous reviewers, and the scholars cited in the Handbook. Each of the Handbook’s chapters is a window into a world of technological and institutional innovations that we could not have covered on our own. We thank the physical scientists and engineers who produced comprehensive chapters on energy resources and technologies that are technically accurate and accessible to social science scholars and energy policy makers. Our social science contributors provided extensive literature reviews, and thoughtful, forward-looking research agendas represent both critical additions to the broader literature on energy politics and gracious service to political science and related disciplines. The anonymous reviewers contributed significant time and expertise, sometimes providing second reviews, to ensure that chapters are comprehensive without sacrificing necessary detail and designed to support innovative future scholarship and practice.

Despite this wellspring of collaborative scholarship, The Oxford Handbook of Energy Politics could not have been produced without the vision, commitment, and patience of Oxford University Press senior editor Molly Balikov, who, from our first meeting, was a strong advocate for the project. We also thank development editor Alyssa Callan, whose prompt replies and organizational skills were instrumental in helping us complete the project. Prompt copyediting by Kulothungan ArulMozhi and his team of editors was much appreciated by the authors and editors. Finally, we thank the Oxford delegates who reviewed and approved our proposal and then the final product. Knowing we had to meet their high standards, we required double-blind peer reviews for all chapters, which further improved already excellent drafts.

We thank the Lama Foundation, which provided workspace in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains and nourishment—social support as well as room and board—for Juliann during summer 2018. We thank the International Studies Association, our primary professional organization, for funding several workshops related to energy (p. xvi) politics. Without this support, our community might not have come together to create the Handbook. In addition, we thank Tanja Börsel and Thomas Risse for modeling how to edit a great Oxford Handbook.

An important final step was finding the cover artwork, Advent of Hope. We are grateful to artist Jennifer Boes for allowing us to use her painting. We see the rising sun bringing the city out of darkness as representing hope for the energy future.

Of course the time and attention we devoted to this Handbook were not only ours. We thank our families, who tolerated delays and working “vacations,” provided space for us to vent as much as to celebrate, and loved us regardless of our progress on “the Oxford handbook.” Kathleen thanks John, Jamie, and Willa. Juliann thanks Raymond (Ted), Quentin, Reiley, Parker, and Olivia Allison.

—Kathleen J. Hancock and Juliann Emmons Allison