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Understanding reform. The Uruguayan case

  • Alvaro Forteza

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    (Departmento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

  • Daniel Buquet

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    (Instituto de Ciencia Política, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

  • Mario Ibarburu

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    (Departmento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

  • Jorge Lanzaro

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    (Instituto de Ciencia Política, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

  • Andrés Pereyra

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    (Departmento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

  • Eduardo Siandra

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    (Departmento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

  • Marcel Vaillant

    ()

    (Departmento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

This paper analyzes the structural reform process that has been taking place in Uruguay since the return to democracy in 1985. Three main questions oriented the research: why reform? what kind of reform? and, how well did the reform perform? The main focus is on the pro-market reforms as they have been summarized in the so-called Washington Consensus, but the paper also deals with political reform and the consolidation of democracy. The general goal is to understand reform in a broad economic and political sense. The study is not just aimed at assessing the reforms implemented, but rather to understand why the market-friendly reforms moved faster in some areas than in others, who promoted and who opposed reform, how the political process shaped the reform, and how well the reform performed. This paper is part of the Global Development Network's research program named "Understanding Reform", which aims at improving our understanding of the recent reform experience by performing simultaneous and coordinated in-depth country-case studies.

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Length: 49 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2003
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