Political Economy of Post-Communist Transformation

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24 Sep 2007 - 14 Dec 2007
Attila Folsz
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Students are required to attend classes regularly and to participate actively in the course. Students are also expected to formulate comments and questions concerning the literature. These not more than half page long comments and questions will serve as basis for seminar discussions, and must be submitted in written form before the seminars. Students will write brief written tests after every four topics. By the end of the semester students prepare a home-essay, preferably on the transition experience of their home country, related to the topics of the course. Students are also requested to make a short presentation on the major points of their future essay in the second half of the semester. Grading In class activity + comments: 30% Tests: 30% Final essay + presentation: 40%

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 features of transition experience throughout the region of Central and Eastern Europe. Third, to discuss and evaluate the major schools of descriptive and normative “transitology”, not only on the basis of their intellectual appeal, but also in the light of more than a decade of experience.