Promoting Democracy and Free Markets in Eastern Europe
On September 21-22, 1990, RAND convened, in collaboration with the Sequoia Institute and with funding provided by the Agency for International Development, a conference of participants from government, universities, and the business and financial communities to consider whether and how specific types of actions, policies, and programs can advance the objectives set forth in the Support for East European Democracy (SEED) Act (P.L. 101-179) — namely, to "contribute to the development of democratic institutions and political pluralism" and "promote the development of a free market economic system" — through the use of the funds and instruments provided by the SEED legislation. This report contains the papers and discussants' comments presented at the conference. The report's four sections cover precedents and experience from prior U.S. government assistance programs, promoting pluralism and democracy, development of free market systems, and ongoing U.S. government assistance to Central and Eastern Europe.