My involvement in international economic integration began when I was studying European integration at the Europa Institute of the University of Amsterdam during the 1980/81 academic year. However, another event was responsible for the writing of the first edition of this book. That was my study and research programme at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, during the 1986/87 academic year. I continued working on it at the University of Belgrade and finalized it at the United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations in New York. The second edition benefited from my work at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva.
I have benefited from human capital and discussions with many friends and colleagues. There are, however, several to whom I owe special gratitude for the assistance in the preparation of the first edition. Michael Spencer helped me the most. Oskar Kovač, Mića Panić and George Yannopoulos have read the whole manuscript of the first edition and provided valuable comments. I have also received assistance from Yngvi Hardarson, Richard G. Lipsey, Randi Moi and Ed Saperstein. Vilborg Hjartardottir entered the first version of the manuscript into a PC.
In the preparation of the second edition I had delightful and advantageous contacts with Carol Cosgrove-Sacks, Victoria Curzon Price, Persephone Economou, Cristina Giordano, Birgit Hegge, Dušan Sidjanski, Rolf Traeger, Peter Ungar and Joanna Wheeler who helped me in various ways. Slobodan Gatarić continued to solve PC-related problems. The UN library provided me with most of the sources. Finally, Alan Jarvis and Alison Kirk of Routledge encouraged this project from the outset.
I am grateful to all of them. The usual disclaimer, however, applies here: it is I who am responsible for all shortcomings and mistakes. In addition, the expressed views are my own and have nothing to do with the organization in which I work.
Miroslav N. Jovanović
Geneva, September 1997