I would like to thank Marvin Weinbaum, Jeff Cohen, and Belden Fields of the University of Illinois for the useful and constructive criticisms they provided on this work. I would also like to thank another member of the political science faculty at Illinois, Peter Nardulli, for facilitating the year I spent in Britain.
It was during my time in Britain that I conducted most of the interviews on the 1984-85 British miners' strike cited in Chapter 6. This was the most enjoyable part of my research, largely because of the friendly reception and generous assistance I received from people who had been involved in the dispute. Some of them spoke to me briefly but with feeling; others gave me many hours of their time. I would first like to thank Peggy Kahn and Vic Allen, two academics who have had connections with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), for discussing the strike with me. I am particularly grateful to Professor Kahn for her hospitality and for making available her collection of published material on the strike. I would also like to thank members of the NUM, the Union of Democratic Mineworkers (UDM), and others associated with the strike who agreed to speak with me. Several of these people spoke on the condition of anonymity. However, I am able to mention Roy Bentley, Allen Burely, Colin Brady, Peter Coxhill, Mrs. Coxhill, Loo Curtis, William Gaskell, Allen Kirby, Peter Naylor, Mick Oliver, Al Payne, David Prendergast, Ralph Pywell, John Scott, Fred Stansborough, Kevin Ward, Paul Whetton,