Several themes dominate this year's column on foreign documents. First, continued privatization in the economies of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union is an object of great interest, both within the region and outside. Publications from the Czech and Hungarian central banks, and from the Bulgarian Agency for Economic Cooperation and Development provide an internal view of issues related to "economic transition." The Bank of Italy publication provides a Western view of the process. A central theme for countries in Africa (reflected in documents from the Central African Republic and Liberia) is analysis of the effects of structural adjustment policies on the conditions of life in those countries. Population issues emerged during 1993-1994 as another central theme-the Malagasay national report to the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development is a representative example. A trend in foreign government publishing worth noting is increasing reliance on electronic and networked publishing. This is reflected in the publication of the latest edition of the Estadisticas Historicas de Mexico on both paper and CD-ROM. In addition, several government agencies world-wide are setting up World Wide Web and gopher servers. Argentina's National Institute of Statistics and Census and Singapore's Ministry of Education servers are described below as representative examples. The editor wishes to thank Walter Brem of the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, for submitting descriptions for the two Mexican documents that appear in this column.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science