Writing this book has been more of a marathon than a sprint. Many individuals have contributed indirectly to the development of the book in one way or another.

I would first like to thank Marc Poitras at the University of Dayton and Stergios Skaperdas at the University of California, Irvine for their friendship and many helpful discussions and advice over the years.

As Head of the ANU School of Economics, Ben Smith was instrumental in bringing the Law and Economics course back to life at the ANU. Ben's successors Steve Dowrick and Martin Richardson helped to keep the course going. I would also like to acknowledge the several hundred students who have taken the course at ANU over the years.

Part of this book was written while I was a Visiting Fellow at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the ANU and also a Senior Research Fellow at the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong. Thanks go to Jeff Bennett and Gary Bowditch, at these two institutions respectively.

Chris Jones, Henry Ergas and Mark Harrison have provided me with a great deal guidance of encouragement over the years, for which I am deeply grateful.

I would also like to thank Taiba Batool and Ellie Shillito at Palgrave Macmillan for their patience and assistance throughout this project.

Finally I would like to thank my wife Megan for her love, support and encouragement - this book would literally not have been written without her.


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