I have incurred many debts in writing this book. First, I would like to thank Geraint Howells, Paul Roberts, and Steve Weatherill, all of whom commented on drafts of chapters in this book. It has certainly been improved by their input. The Learned Societies Fund of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and the Academic Purposes Fund of the Society of Public Teachers of Law, enabled me to secure the excellent services of my research assistant Yvonne Williams. Moral support was provided by many, particularly former colleagues Andy Campbell and Gavin Dingwall. As always, I would like to thank my family for their love and support. My wife Sue was a constant source of help and encouragement, and our daughter Emma helped to put it all in perspective. Finally, I would like to thank our son, Joe, whose arrival in the world on 18 October 2000 provided a partial excuse for the late submission of the manuscript.
Edwalton 31 October 2000