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Because it did not keep pace technologically with the rest of the world, most of its manufactured exports have been in basic input industries, traditional industries, or semimanufactures, and not in the new growth industries. As a result, those sectors of the economy most exposed to outside forces, such as small and medium-sized businesses and unskilled workers, have experienced increasing economic hardship. 17 By 1990, the incidence of poverty had reached nearly 50 percent (compared with 41 percent in 1980).

The Bellagio Conference on which the book is based provided a setting in which to explore the most recent trends in global restructuring. This opportunity, unique perhaps for a Latino-centered enterprise, was generously supported by the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center, by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and by the Ford Foundation. Key staff persons at these institutions who helped to guide and monitor the project include Susan Garfield, Stephanie Bell-Rose, Mahnaz Isprahani, Antonio Romero, Linda Triangolo, Pasquale Pesce, and Aida Rodriguez.

This is particularly evident among the industrialized and advanced industrializing countries of North and South America. Here, as elsewhere worldwide, regional blocs are gaining prominence, each shaped by unique developmental paths. The term "interdependence" has been used to convey the way in which the welfare of each country within the region affects that of others. In the Americas, this path has been guided by liberal economic policies, combining economic growth with high rates of poverty and income inequality and a heightened mobility of people and capital.

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