Reform and Transformation in Communist Systems: Comparative Perspectives

Reform and Transformation in Communist Systems: Comparative Perspectives

Reform and Transformation in Communist Systems: Comparative Perspectives

Reform and Transformation in Communist Systems: Comparative Perspectives

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The editors of this volume have had a long-standing interest in teaching, conducting research, and publishing research findings on the communistruled states ever since they took a graduate seminar in comparative communist systems at Columbia University jointly offered by the Russian Institute and the East Asian Institute in 1961-1962. In 1988 the editors met to discuss the possibility of convening a conference and publishing papers from such a conference. In the spring of 1989, we proposed the idea to Neil Albert Salonen, executive director of the Washington Institute for Values in Public Policy, and it was accepted.

We are grateful to Neil Salonen and to Richard Rubenstein, president of the Washington Institute, for their generous support in convening the conference, "Reform in Communist Systems," on October 27-29, 1989, in Washington, D.C. The thirteen papers collected in this volume were commissioned in May 1989 and were presented and critiqued at the conference in October. They were subsequently revised and updated in the early months of 1990 and have come off the press against the background of continuing rapid political change, economic reform, and social transformation, particularly in the communist systems of central and eastern Europe. We are grateful to the paper writers for their willingness to make original contributions to this volume and to meet the deadline.

Robert Sullivan, deputy director of the Washington Institute, worked tirelessly in communicating, facilitating, and following up on the conference and the post-conference details with the participants. His logistical . . .

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