The activities of the privatization project and the editing of this book, and another privatization book in preparation, Societal Impact of Privatization: Social Justice and the Welfare State in Central and Eastern Europe, would not have been possible without the collaboration of so many people and organizations that it is difficult to mention all here.
At Boston College, the faculty and staff of the Graduate School of Social Work supported and encouraged this work. Executive vice president of Boston College Frank Campanella supported the project and its conferences through encouragement and by direct participation in activities. Academic vice president William Neenan, S.J., created the research environment that encouraged international dialogue. Professor Joe Quinn, then chair of the Department of Economics, and Professor Louis Corsini, then dean, Graduate School, Carroll School of Management, gave freely of their time to help in organizational planning and reviewing papers for the conferences and manuscripts for the book.
The authors of the chapters in this book who worked so hard to conform to editorial requests are to be especially commended. There are many more valuable persons who played a decisive part in the organization of each of the three international conferences in Budapest, Hungary, Kraków, Poland, and Komotini, Greece. Among them are Dr. Zsuzsa Ferger, Institute of Sociology and Social Policy, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest; Professors Pjerzy Mikulowski- Pomorski, rector, Kraków Academy of Economics, and Andrzej Pelczar, rector, Jagiellonian University, Kraków; George Romeos, Alternate Minister of National Economy of Greece; and Professor Yannis Panoussis, rector, Demokritos University of Thrace. In addition, chairpersons and discussion leaders contributed valuable time and knowledge to guide workshops, discussions, and the