The papers brought together in this volume are the product of many years of collaboration between scholars belonging to the EQUALSOC Network of Excellence. EQUALSOC was originally funded by the European Union's Sixth Framework Programme. Its aims are: to stimulate high-quality comparative European research on social cohesion and its determinants; to provide an infrastructure for training the rising generation of young researchers in the skills of comparative research; and to facilitate access to the most recent results of research for the wider research community and for policy-makers. We are very grateful to the network and its funders for their encouragement and support. We are particularly grateful to Chris Whelan, Robert Erikson, Duncan Gallie, Gøsta Esping-Andersen, Chiara Saraceno. Emilio Reyneri, Walter Müller, Toni Schizzerotto and Roxane Silberman, who were the founding members of the Governing Council.
We have also been very fortunate to have been able to enlist the practical support of Nadia Granato, Mathieu Ichou, Georg Lorenz and Raya Muttarak who have helped us with particular data issues and analyses. We are deeply indebted to them for their assistance.
The permission of the Office for National Statistics to use the Longitudinal Study is gratefully acknowledged, as is the help provided by staff of the Centre for Longitudinal Study Information & User Support (CeLSIUS). CeLSIUS is supported by the ESRC Census of Population Programme (Award Ref: ES/K000365/1). The authors alone are responsible for the interpretation of the data. (p.xii)