The Political Economy of Policy Reforms

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20 Sep 2010 - 10 Dec 2010
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 : 
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.