Our study of bankruptcy reforms in England and the United States has been possible because a large number of participants, observers, scholars, and institutions committed extensive time and resources to our research.
We have obtained an extraordinary amount of cooperation from accountants, civil servants, lawyers, judges, politicians, and interest group leaders who reformed the bankruptcy law in either country. In England we thank Mary Arden, QC, G. A. Auger, Lord Benson, Gerald Bermingham, MP, Ian Bond, Lord Bruce of Donington, G. J. Carter, Nicholas Cave, I. D. Cheyne, Sir Kenneth Cork, L. T. Cramp, Michael Crystal, QC, Peter Farmery, Alfred Goldman, David Graham, QC, G. J. A. Harp, David Henry, Mark Homan, Andrew Hutchinson, Peter Karmel, Lord Lucas, Peter Lunn, Charles Maggs, Peter Millett, QC (now Lord Justice Millett), Nicholas Milner, D. L. Morgan, Steve Norris, MP, Ritchie Penny, Philip Pink, Professor Dan Prentice, David Saunders, S. J. Samwell, D. Schaffer, M. J. Sechiari, David Tench, Richard Thomas, Commander Trevor Traylor, Neville Trotter, MP, Edward Walker-Arnott, and Gerhard Weiss.
In the United States, we thank Donald Alexander, Representative Caldwell Butler, Scott Crampton, Murray Drabkin, Robert Fiedler, Samuel Gerdano, Sanford Harris, Charles Horsky, John Ingraham, Judge Joe Lee, Professor Frank Kennedy, Robert Kauffman, Professor Lawrence King, Kenneth Klee, Richard Levin, Harold Marsh, Robert Moses, Patrick Murphy, Alan Parker, David Stanley, George Treister, and Max Zimny.
Among the archives that gave us access to primary materials were the Insolvency Practitioners Association ( London), the Public Record Office (Kew, London), the Washington and Lee Library for the papers of the Bankruptcy Commission, and the US Archives.
We thank Donald Harris, former Director of the Centre for Sociolegal Studies, Wolfson College, Oxford University, and other colleagues at the Centre, for ample hospitality over several years while we undertook our research in England.
The American Bar Foundation has generously funded this research. We thank William L. F. Felstiner and Bryant Garth, Directors of the