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Conference on the International Diffusion of Democracy and Markets

Conference on the International Diffusion of Democracy and Markets

The International Diffusion of Democracy and Markets conference will be held at the UCLA International Institute on Friday and Saturday, March 7-8, 2003.

Leah Halvorson Email LeahHalvorson

The goal for this meeting is to assemble a set of high quality draft research papers and essays on the international spread of economic and political liberalization over the past few decades. We plan to propose a special issue of a major international journal on this topic, and to that end we envision a final conference tentatively scheduled to be held at Harvard in the fall of 2003.UCLA, March 7-8, 2003

Conference Agenda

Participants arrive evening of Thursday, March 6; accommodation at Double Tree Westwood, 10740 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 (Tel: 310-475-8711 Fax: 310-475-1862)

Friday March 7

8:15am: continental breakfast, 10383 Bunche Hall

8:45am: welcome and introduction
Frank Dobbin, Geoff Garrett, Beth Simmons

9:30am: coffee break

9:45am: panel I – economic openness
Chair: Beth Simmons


Alexandra Guisinger, Trade
Dennis Quinn and Maria Toyoda, anti capitalist sentiment and capital account regulation

Discussant: Ron Rogowski

11:45pm: lunch

1:45pm: panel II – political openness
Chair: Frank Dobbin


Francisco Ramirez and Christine Min Wotipka, “World Society and Human Rights”
Kristian Skrede Gleditsch and Michael D. Ward, “Diffusion and the International Context of Democratization”

Discussant: Ken Schutlz

3:45pm: coffee break

4:00pm: panel III - the view from economics
Barry Eichengreen

7pm: dinner at Napa Valley Grille, 1100 Glendon Ave, Westwood

Saturday March 8

8:30am: continental breakfast, 11377 Bunche Hall

9:00am: panel IV - fiscal and monetary policy

Chair: Geoff Garrett


Chang Kil Lee and David Strang: “The International Diffusion of Public-Sector Downsizing”
Duane Swank: “Tax Policy in an Era of Internationalization”
Eduardo Castro and Kathleen R. McNamara, “The Diffusion of Central Bank Independence”

Discussant: Mick Mann

12:00pm: lunch

1:00pm: panel V – microeconomic choices
Chair: Frank Dobbin


Bruce Kogut and J. Muir Macpherson, “The Decision to Privatize as the Diffusion of an Economic Policy Idea”
Helen V. Milner, “The Global Spread of the Internet”

Discussant: David Frank

3:00pm: coffee break

3:30pm: the view from sociology
John Meyer

4:30pm: wrap up and next steps
Frank Dobbin, Geoff Garrett & Beth Simmons

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