The chapters in this volume are drawn from the work of a project on the political economy of post-Communist transformation convened by the editor on behalf of the Center for German and European Studies of the University of California. Financial support for the research reported here was provided by the Center and by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. The editor wishes to thank Richard Buxbaum, former director of the Center for German and European Studies; Gerald Feldman, the Center's present director; and Dieter Dettke, director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Washington, D.C.
A number of people have read the various chapters in this volume and made valuable comments. The editor would especially like to thank George Breslauer, Kiren Chaudhry, Heiner Drueke, Barry Eichengreen, Albert Fishlow, Gregory Grossman, Stephan Haggard, Reimut Jochimsen, James Martel, Richard Portes, Keith Savard, and Laura Tyson.