My involvement in European economic integration began when I was studying the topic at the University of Amsterdam (1980-1981). That period was followed by work in other subjects, such as industrial policy, foreign direct investment and macroeconomic stabilization. However, an interest in integration has always been present, although in the first half of the 1980s I did wonder if my choice of specialization was correct.
Over the years I profited from the human capital of many friends and colleagues. There are several to whom I owe a special gratitude for various kinds of assistance and encouragement in the preparation of this book. They include Asad Beg, Carol Cosgrove Sacks, Victoria Curzon Price, Persephone Economou, Cristina Giordano, William Hill, Birgit Hegge, Piet van den Noort, Dušan Sidjanski, Constantine Stephanou and Joanna Wheeler. The bibliography was prepared by Ljiljana Jovanović, while all the PC-related problems were solved by Slobodan Gatarić. Alan Jarvis and Alison Kirk favoured this project from the outset and were understanding about the delay in the submission of the manuscript.
I am very grateful to all of them. The usual disclaimer 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, December 1996