The authors would like particularly to thank Dr Edwyn Anderton, Professor Anthony Field, Colin Berrisford, Keith Diggle, Professor Tony Watson, Geraldine Foreman, Peter Stark, J. Gordon Roebuck, Ian Watson, Professor Gurth Higgin, Peter F. Cresswell, Dr Steven Halls, Dr Eric Moody, Paul Scully, Dennis Howells, Michael Quine, Dr Caroline Gardiner, Rod Fisher, Bob Jones, Stewart Spencer, Mandy Middleton, Professor Joan Jeffri, Dr Michael Hammet, Robert Hutchison, Sir Kingsley Amis, Ian Robinson, Freda Steel, Mary Schwarz, Baz Kershaw, David Brierley, Gavin Henderson, Lord Rees Mogg, Dr Janet Summerton, Tom Higgins, David Easton, Dr John Elsom, Dr Robert Protherough, Ken Rowat, David Butler and Professor Simon Roodhouse, all of whom have at different times and in different ways informed and influenced the authors. We are grateful for the generous support of Gresham College for research which is mentioned here and will be fully reported in a later publication. Finally, for their encouragement and their forbearance, we owe a considerable debt to our publishers, and particularly to Amanda Killingback.
All names and details in the case studies have been invented for the purposes of this book, and do not relate to any particular person or organization. None of the persons acknowledged, nor quoted in the text, is responsible for any errors in the book. They, like the general arguments, are wholly the responsibility of the authors.