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By Juany Guzmán León, Graciela Kisilevsky, Sebastián Mazzuca, Silvia Núñez García, and Cristina Carvalho Pacheco

From the Introduction

This working paper represents the collective product of the 1998-99 cohort of Junior Scholars. The Junior Scholars Training Program provides a research and training opportunity in the United States to mid-level scholars or practitioners from Latin America involved in public policy issues. The objective of the program is to contribute to the design and practice of public policy in Latin America. Grantees spend one semester at a major university in the United States, under the guidance of a mentor known for his or her excellence in the chosen field of study. The grantees also are exposed to research facilities, international financial and policy institutions, and government bodies in Washington, D.C.

The scholars whose work is represented in this document, as well as their respective placements and mentors, are:

Juany Guzmán, Universidad de Costa Rica: Citizen Participation, Consumer Rights, and Social Service Delivery; Professor Eusebio Mujal-León, Georgetown University;

Graciela Kisilevsky, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina: Local Governance and the Use of Information Technologies; Professor James Fishkin, University of Texas at Austin;

Sebastián Mazzuca, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Argentina: The Formation of Citizenship in Latin America; Professor Guillermo O'Donnell, Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dame;

Silvia Núñez García, Centro de Investigaciones Sobre América del Norte, Mexico: Social Movements and the Struggle Against Urban Poverty in the 1990s; Professor Robert Manning, Georgetown University;

Cristina Carvalho Pacheco, Universidad Estadual de Campinas, Brazil: Neoliberalism and Democratic Sustainability; Professor Robert Kaufman, Rutgers University and Columbia University.

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