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date: 21 August 2019

(p. ix) Acknowledgements

(p. ix) Acknowledgements

Most importantly, we would like to thank our contributors for showing enthusiasm for the project and making a commitment in the first stages of its development. We were able to assemble a remarkable set of experts spanning the world, a variety of disciplines, and a vast array of topics. Without their support, and without their forbearance in each and every phase of the project, the book could not have been completed. We hope the final result comes close to their expectations and their recognition of the significance of the project.

A number of institutions and individuals sustained the book. Early on, Credit Suisse First Boston (London) showed an immediate interest in the project and provided tangible support that enabled us to bring Kate Williams into its development. Simon Ford and Giles Keating recognized the complexity of the issues embraced by the Handbook just as they recognized the challenge of managing such an ambitious project with contributors from around the world. Importantly, they enabled us to meet regularly together, making real what would otherwise have appeared to be a virtual community of interest in cyberspace. Furthermore, they encouraged the development of the project both as an academic manifesto and as a volume that could contribute to better understanding of the issues in the world of commerce, finance, and public policy. We are most grateful for their support.

We would also like to acknowledge the support of our home institutions. In this regard, the facilities and resources of the Oxford University Centre for the Environment was an important base from which to develop the project. Here, we would like to acknowledge the efficient and timely commitment of Mrs Jan Burke, and related staff. We also acknowledge Boston College; we were fortunate to draw upon the resources of the Center for Retirement Income in the Carroll School of Management. Not only did they provide secretarial support for the project in North America, they were also able to help sustain the links between the editors across the world. Likewise, Watson Wyatt also provided similar administrative support as well as use of offices for editorial meetings.

Of course, the whole book project has relied upon the commitment of Oxford University Press and especially the support of David Musson, the business editor of the Press. We would also like to acknowledge the help and assistance of Jenni Craig and Matthew Derbyshire who together took the initial planning of the volume and its manuscript through to completion. The Press has also been very congenial and helpful hosts as the editors have planned and executed the entire project.

Ultimately, the project would not have been possible without the assistance of our editorial manager, Kate Williams. As usual, she demonstrated the keen eye, organisational skills, and ability to reach out to each and every contributor, so vital for sustaining such large-scale projects. The book project would not have been possible without her help. Similarly, we would wish to acknowledge the critical eye and intellectual challenges posed by Steve Sass from Boston College. He is a contributor to the book, but he also made important interventions early in the planning of the volume that gave it its shape and its logic. We are pleased to say that he is a most valued colleague.