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By Genaro Arriagada and Rudiger Dornbush


In this working paper, Arriagada focuses on the usefulness of functionalist analyses of the political system as a method of studying the limitations on and conditions of the economic reform process in Eastern Europe and-using the foundations and conceptual framework of these analyses--seeing to what degree the studies and structural experiences of transition-todemocracy economic reform and structural adjustment in a variety of political systems, such as South America and some recently industrialized nations, have been useful.

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