During the course of this project, the editors and authors have all received support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Substance Abuse Policy Research Program. Because of widespread concern about conflicts of interest, we adapted the form used by the BMJ (British Medical Journal) for declaring competing interests. Every author filled out and submitted the form to the editors. The results are included in each author’s biographical statement.
Erik Albœk is professor of public administration at the Department of Economics, Politics and Public Administration, Aalborg University, Denmark, and since 2001 has served as chairman of the Danish Social Science Research Council. His research includes comparative public policy and the utilization of social science research in public policy making. He is currently researching the role of experts in public policy making. He declared no competing interests.
John Ballard is currently a visiting fellow in the graduate school of the Australian National University, having previously been a political scientist at universities in the United States, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, and Australia. Following earlier research on policymaking during decolonization, he has published widely on public health policy in Australia, especially on HIV and blood. He declared no competing interests.
Ronald Bayer is a professor at the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. He is