This is the first in a series of studies on current issues published by the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in conjunction with Lynne Rienner Publishers.The Latin American Program is pleased to launch this series of special studies, each of which is intended as a contribution to the public discussion of an issue of major importance.All of the studies are based on special activities of the Latin American Program, most often a conference or seminar conducted at the Woodrow Wilson Center.They are not, strictly speaking, academic works. They are, however, serious efforts to analyze issues of fundamental significance to Latin America.We hope that they will be part of a discussion in progress and of use to the policy and academic communities concerned with Latin America.
This first volume is the result of a series of seminars conducted in late 1989. Funding for the series was provided by the Inter-American Development Bank, as part of the economic issues series that the IBD sponsors.We are grateful to the IBD for its continuing support of the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Andrew I. Rudman, then program assistant of the Latin American Program, coordinated the series. Leah Florence prepared the manuscript for publication.
Joseph S. Tulchin