Any long academic project owes debts of many kinds, and this one perhaps more than most. Thanks are due, first and foremost, to the National Science Foundation, whose generous support to the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University (under NSF grant nos. DIR 9017187 to Cornell and SBR 9996124 to Harvard) made possible the interdisciplinary reflection and synthesis that inspired this volume. As the responsible program officers, Rachelle Hollander and Ron Overmann provided constant help and encouragement that went far beyond their formal administrative duties.
I would like to thank Routledge, and particularly James McNally and Mari Shullaw, for their confidence in and support of a collection that is avowedly academic and theoretical. As series editor, John Urry provided crucial and most welcome intellectual backing. In addition, three anonymous reviewers for the press strongly recommended publication. We are indebted to all of them for their support and guidance.
The ideas presented in this book were worked out in significant respects in my graduate seminar on “Science, Power and Politics, ” first taught at Cornell and continued at Harvard after 1998. I owe an enormous debt to the many talented students and fellows who attended that seminar over the years and who helped sharpen my thinking on the theme of co-production. Several of them have already begun to make their own original contributions to the literature of co-production, showing by example the rich possibilities of a research program couched in this theoretical idiom. Not all of these young scholars can be acknowledged by name, but I would like to thank a few whose intelligent and creative use of the co-production framework has reconfirmed my confidence in the significance of this project: Samer Alatout, Arthur Daemmrich, Robert Doubleday, Saul Halfon, Alastair Iles, Marybeth Long Martello, Shobita Parthasarathy, Jennifer Reardon, Jessie Saul, Kaushik Sunder Rajan, and Mariachiara Tallacchini. My debt to three other remarkable colleagues - Pablo Boczkowski, Martin Kusch and Stefan Sperling - is of a different order. All three read and commented in detail on my chapters in this volume; their perceptive, sympathetic, yet always challenging criticism greatly improved the clarity of the text. I am deeply grateful to them all; any remaining flaws and infelicities are, of course, my own responsibility.