This volume grew out of a seminar entitled 'Governing the Public Domain Beyond the Era of the Washington Consensus?: Redrawing the Line Between the State and the Market', organized by Daniel Drache, Director of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University and Richard Higgott, Director of the Centre for Regionalization and Globalization, University of Warwick. It was supported by York University, Social Science Research Council of Canada, the Centre for the Study of Globalization and Regionalization, at the University of Warwick and the Social Sciences Research Council, UK.
As part of a collective effort edited volumes are very difficult to produce at a high level. They require a great deal of cooperation, patience and support from all the contributors. As well, they require that all contributors keep an eye on deadlines and deliver what they promised. On all accounts, the contributors have been exemplary and generous to a fault. Many of the papers from that conference are now part of this volume but others have been commissioned particularly for it.
Richard Higgott co-shared responsibilities for the organization of the original conference and his involvement in the project has made a significant difference to it and the final publication. Harry Arthurs and Marcia Rioux have functioned as an informal sounding board for the public domain project and for this I am grateful. Martin Rhodes and Philippe Schmitter asked some tough doubting kinds of questions that demanded clear answers. Alain Supiot made useful suggestions about the provision of public goods in the European Union. Others who have been early supporters of the public domain project include Michael Adams, Daniel Latouche, Mike McCracken, Geoffrey Underhill, Arthur Donner, Stephen Clarkson, Robert Lawrie and David Bell. Hélio Janny Teixeira and Hélio Zylberstajn introduced me to the private world of São Paulo public space. José Augusto Guilhon and S.K. Goyal have helped clarify the importance of the public domain in developing countries.
A special thanks is due to Dayna Barr for the compelling cover design. Special thanks is also due to Laura Taman who oversaw the many different drafts and revisions of the manuscript and provided important editorial input throughout. She had the key role of managing this large and complex manuscript and did so flawlessly.