In the information age, telecommunications is the pillar of a strong ecomy. To developing countries, restructuring this industry is a necessary step toward integration into the world ecomy. Restructuring telecommunications, therefore, has been a pervasive issue in the ecomic reform programs of many countries in recent years. However, the nature of these changes has varied widely among these nations. Unfinished Business examines the process of reform in Mexico and contrasts it with that of the United States, Brazil, and New Zealand, examining both the ecomic and techlogical aspects of this highly complex situation. Using interviews with key players in the policy process, Mariscal provides a detailed analysis of key elements and figures. Her multidisciplinary perspective allows for a full exploration of the international differences in telecommunications restructuring. Going beyond simply asking why privatization and deregulation policies were successfully implemented in Mexico, the work offers a comprehensive guide to the process and impact of policy choices on telecommunications development.
JUDITH MARISCAL is a Professor at CIDE, a Mexican research institution./e She received her Ph.D. from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and is currently the Director of the Research Program on Telecommunications at CIDE.