Grigore Pop-Eleches’s book on the interaction of international and domestic determinants of IMF-style reforms in developing countries makes a significant contribution to international and comparative political economy literature. His effort to capture the dynamics of the contentious and complex relationship between the IMF and developing countries/emerging markets inLatin AmericaandEastern Europerepresents mid-range theorizing at its best. The author combines insights from international and comparative political economy literatures to pursue complementary questions. From the international effect perspective: what role do economic crises play in the initiation and implementation of IMF-backed economic reform? Is the IMF impartial in its policy and financial support for countries in need? In what ways do IMF lending patterns reflect the changing demands of international financial markets, as well as the shifting priorities of advanced industrialized democracies (p.2)?

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DOI: 10.1177/0010414009341245

Full Citation: Sznajder Lee, Aleksandra. "Review of From Economic Crisis to Reform: IMF Programs in Latin America and Eastern Europe by Grigore Pop-Eleches." Comparative Political Studies 42, no. 10 (October 2009): 1363-366. doi: 10.1177/0010414009341245.