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Reinventing Leviathan

Blanca Heredia Ben Ross Schneider
Price: $ 23.5

Scholars and development practitioners agree that developing countries urgently need cohesive administrative reforms to consolidate new market economies, promote sustainable development, and improve social welfare. Reinventing Leviathan provides extensive comparative research on the political processes that facilitate or block efforts designed to improve administrative performance.

Studies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Hungary, Mexico, and Thailand highlight distinctive patterns of reform, tracing the process from the prereform position of the bureaucracy to the design of reform packages and the contentious politics of implementation. The authors use a common framework to assess the relative importance of political institutions, international influences, social groups, and reform strategies. They relate their core findings both to practical policy debates and to broader theoretical discussions in the social sciences.

Ben Ross Schneider is associate professor of political science at Northwestern University. His publications include Business and the State in Developing Countries and Politics within the State: Elite Bureaucrats and Industrial Policy in Authoritarian Brazil. Blanca Heredia is academic director at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE) in Mexico City.

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