The most important people in bringing this project to life are Jens Hölscher from Brighton University, the editor of the ‘Studies in Economic Transition Studies’ series who has been extremely interested in this book form its outset and was instrumental in helping us sign the contract with Palgrave Macmillan, and Nicola Viinikka, the Palgrave Macmillan editor, whom we thank for her enthusiasm, kindness and practical help in getting the book through the usual publishing hurdles.
The creation of this book would have not been possible without the outstanding support provided by all the authors, the invaluable help provided by two Palgrave Macmillan reviewers and the helpful comments provided by some of our colleagues who took the time to read the manuscript and encouraged us along the way. Special thanks are also due to the field actors who have made this book possible in the very first place.
The writing of this book has been an inspiring and intellectually challenging process and we hope we will be able to share these feelings with our readers. Dear readers, thank you for your interest! We hope you will not be disappointed.