(p. ix) Preface
(p. ix) Preface
The gestation period of this two-volume Handbook on Post-Keynesian Economics is approaching five years. G. C. H. was asked by Michael Szenberg and Lall Ramrattan, the consulting editors of this series of handbooks with Oxford University Press, in the second half of 2007 to be a general editor of the volumes on post-Keynesian economics. He subsequently asked P. K., who was already commissioned to contribute chapters, to join him as joint editor in the first half of 2010. It was soon decided that two volumes would be needed as nominated contributors responded by saying yes. Inevitably, with such a wide-ranging project, some of those asked either declined immediately for good reasons or, also for good reasons, subsequently had to withdraw. Others gallantly came in, often well into the gestation period, to fill the gaps created. To all our contributors we offer a heartfelt thank-you.
The contributions themselves, though all are characteristic of their respective authors’ distinctive styles, are ideal for a handbook: they are comprehensive and clearly, excitingly, and engagingly written, and they point the way forward to future developments. While there were times when the thought “herding cats” did cross our minds, overwhelmingly it has been a rewarding and pleasant task cooperating with our contributors, who are either old and trusted dear friends or welcome new ones.
We are much indebted for outstanding expert help with emails and typing (for the computer illiterate G. C. H.) to Janet Nurse, Jane Starnes, Grace Setiawan, and Viet Ha Ngyuen.
More than ever, G. C. H. is indebted to Joan Harcourt for her love, support, and understanding about what he has promised to be the last large project he will ever undertake.
P. K., while not prepared to make a similar promise, is, as ever, indebted to Teresa Kriesler for her love and support during this project, without which it would not have been much fun.
G. C. H. and P. K.
School of Economics, University of New South Wales