This project was initiated and completed while I was at the Fridtjof
Nansen Institute. Most of the work was done in the intermediate period
while I was research fellow and assistant professor in the Department of
Political Science at the University of Oslo. I thank both institutions for
providing necessary funding for this project.
Several people commented on different sections of the manuscript. I
thank you all, not mentioned nor forgotten. Glenn Martin and Paula
Reedy copyedited the manuscript and improved it considerably. In the
process from thesis to book I benefited from the stimulating research en
vironment at the ARENA program at the University of Oslo, and from
trying to tackle the penetrating comments of Professors Thomas D. Wil
lett and Arthur Denzau. At Westview Press, David McBride and Chris
tine Marra provided excellent editorial assistance.
None of the above-mentioned persons bear any responsibility for any
misjudgments or errors that may be present in the final text. My wife,
Lene, had to put up with an uninspired, inattentive, and tired husband
for several years. I can only hope that I will be able, to some extent, to
make up for it. My daughter, Sofie, was born in the middle of the work
on the thesis. At that moment the importance of my doctoral thesis suf
fered a dramatic relative deprivation. Also at this very moment of writ
ing I hear her calling, "Pappa, Pappa," reminding me of the completeness
of life, rather than the problems of conflicting interests.
Dag Harald Claes
Langhus, July 2000