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date: 22 April 2021

(p. v) Acknowledgments

(p. v) Acknowledgments

We have consulted with many colleagues as we have undertaken the task of editing this volume. Each of us is honored to have served as chair of the Political Organizations and Parties Organized Section (POP) of the American Political Science Association. The extent to which members of that group share their work and their ideas enriches our field and represents the best tradition of social scientists building on the work of those who have come before. We are grateful to the members of POP, many of whom have written for this volume and many more of whose work is referenced in these pages, for being colleagues in the best sense of the word. Of course, we are particularly grateful to our colleagues and friends who have contributed to this volume.

We are also among a small subset of academics who have spent virtually our entire careers at one institution—Colby College in the case of Maisel; Tufts University for Berry. We want to thank our institutions and our departmental colleagues for their support as we have developed as scholars in this field. Maisel would also like to thank Sarah Whitfield, his research assistant, who accepted the responsibility for compiling the List of References that follows the chapters in this book.

George Edwards, the general editor for the series of handbooks of which this volume is a part, flattered us by asking us to undertake this work. We are grateful for the confidence he showed in us and for his assistance and guidance throughout. We also would like to thank Dominic Byatt, our editor at Oxford University Press. We have each worked with a series of editors throughout our career. We have rarely come across an editor who has been as accommodating as has he. We would also like to thank Lizzy Suffling, Louise Sprake, and Laurien Berkeley.

Finally, as is always the case, producing a work like this requires blocks of time that might have been spent with others. Our wives know how much we appreciate their understanding at these times—but we want to say it in any case.


J.M.B. (p. vi)