Political Economy of Policy Reforms (in EE)

Course Status: 
CEU code: 
POLS 5243
CEU credits: 
ECTS credits: 
Academic year: 
Start and end dates: 
19 Sep 2011 - 9 Dec 2011
Attila Folsz
Learning Outcomes: 
Students will be acquainted with the themes and analytical approach of political economy of policy reforms and post-communist transition. The acquired knowledge will enable them to pursue individual empirical research on economic transition and reform episodes.
Assessment : 
• Students are required to attend classes regularly and to participate actively in course discussions. • Students are expected to formulate written comments and questions about the literature. These not more than half page long comments and questions will serve as basis for seminar discussions, and are to be submitted via e-mail by 8 pm be preceding the day of the seminar. • Students will write brief written tests after every four topics • Students are to prepare a final home-essay, preferably on a particular reform experience of their home country, using the analytical tools acquired in the course. Essays must be submitted by the end of the semester. • Students are also requested to make a short presentation on the major points of their future essay in the second half of the semester • (Although it is not a requirement, interested students will be given the possibility to make in-class presentations of some literature not included in the core readings.) Assessment: 3 short tests (3 x 10 % ): 30 % Written questions and comments: 15 % Final essay: 35 % In-class presentation 10 % In-class participation 10 %

The course has three main goals:

First, to introduce the main themes and paradigms of an evolving discipline, called “political economy of economic reforms” and to provide them with a conceptual and analytical framework that can be applied for studying specific reform episodes or the relationship between economics and politics in general.

Second, to identify the common and specific problems of implementing reforms in in Central and Eastern Europe in and after the transition from communism..

Third, to enable students analyze specific reform episodes from a comparative perspectives and with in the analytical framework of the discipline.

Participation in this course does not require any background in economics

The selected readings contain contrasting views which hopefully will provoke lively discussions in the seminars.