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Re-Forming the State
Hector E. Schamis
Price: $ 19.95

With evidence drawn from Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Great Britain, and Hungary, Re-Forming the State examines the processes leading to, and the political effects of, market reform experiments. Hector E. Schamis focuses on the patterns of collective action and distributional coalition building that drive privatization, and on the institutional transformations associated with these programs.

The author's argument challenges established approaches in the discipline of economics and in the fields of comparative and international political economy. Re-Forming the State highlights how the reduction of state assets is accompanied by the enhancement of property rights enforcement, the reorganization of revenue collection, and the centralization of administrative and political resources. Thus, Schamis shows that marketization is a state building project, and spells out how the new forms of the state are heavily influenced by the intererest groups that organize to support, and benefit from, those reforms.

Hector E. Schamis is Assistant Professor of Government, Cornell University.

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