Gerald Mc Dermott is Professor at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of California. He obtained his PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the intersection between international business and public policy in emerging market countries, mainly in East-Central Europe and Latin America. His main interest is on the emergence and co-evolution of inter-firm networks and economic institutions by studying how a variety of sectors, from manufacturing to agriculture to banking, reconstruct themselves under conditions of high uncertainty. While this work speaks to ongoing debates in a variety of fields, such as management, economic sociology, and political economy, it aims to reveal fundamental lessons that can aid policy makers, managers, and civic leaders rebuild their communities. His earlier work focused on the impact of industrial networks on the creation of economic governance institutions in post-communist countries. In particular, the articles in Comparative Political Studies and the Review of International Political Economy analyse how different political approaches to institution-building can lead to significant variation in network restructuring, firm creation, bank restructuring, and financial regulatory capabilities.