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World Politics 53.4 (2001) ii

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The Contributors

Dennis Patterson is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University. He has published numerous scholarly articles on topics such as elections and electoral influences on policy-making in Japan. He is completing a book on the postwar Japanese economy and political system (with Dick Beason) entitled, "The Japan That Never Was."

Dick Beason is Associate Professor of Economics and Business at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and is currently serving as Senior Strategist at the Tokyo office of the ubs Warburg investment bank. He is the author (with Jason James) of The Political Economy of Japanese Financial Markets: Myths versus Reality (1999) and is completing a book on the postwar Japanese economy and political system (with Dennis Patterson) entitled, "The Japan That Never Was." He has also published numerous scholarly articles on topics such as industrial policy and corporate behavior in Japan.

Charles King is Assistant Professor in the School of Foreign Service and the Department of Government at Georgetown University. His books include Nations Abroad (1998) and The Moldovans (2000).

Robert R. Kaufman is a Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University. He has written extensively on the politics of economic reform and democratic transitions. He is coauthor (with Stephan Haggard) of The Political-Economy of Democratic Transitions (1995) and coeditor (with Stephan Haggard) of The Politics of Economic Adjustment (1992), and he has contributed articles to numerous journals in the field. He is currently working on a comparative project on social welfare reform in middle-income countries.

Alex Segura-Ubiergo is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science, Columbia University. His dissertation examines the effects of globalization and domestic political institutions on social spending and social policies in Latin America.

Miriam A. Golden is Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Los Angeles, where she directs the Center for Comparative and Global Research. Her most recent book is Heroic Defeats: The Politics of Job Loss (1997). With Michael Wallerstein, she continues analysis of a large-scale data set that they have compiled on unions, industrial relations, and collective bargaining in sixteen oecd countries between 1950 and 1995. Her other major research project involves a study of political corruption in postwar Italy and more generally democratization and globalization.

Eric C. C. Chang is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California at Los Angeles. His is interested in comparative political economy and will write his dissertation on how institutions affect macroeconomic policy.

Gary King is Professor of Government at Harvard University; Senior Science Advisor, Information and Evidence for Policy Cluster, World Health Organization; and Director of the Harvard-MIT Data Center. He the author of A Solution to the Ecological Inference Problem: Reconstructing Individual Behavior from Aggregate Data (1997) and Unifying Political Methodology: The Likelihood Theory of Statistical Inference (1989), and he is coauthor (with Robert Keohane and Sidney Verba) of Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research (1994). He has also written several widely used public domain statistical software packages.

Langche Zeng is Associate Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. She has contributed articles to various social science journals and is the author or coauthor of several public domain statistical software packages on neural networks, heteroskedastic logit models, and rare event logit. Her research interest centers on quantitative methods.



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