57 / Political Economy and Public Policy in Eastern Europe:
Assessing Existing Comparative Frameworks

22 – 29 June 2008        Send to printer


Course directors

Dorothee Bohle, Central European University, Hungary
Marko Grdešić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Zdravko Petak, University of Zagreb, Croatia


Course description:

The aim of the course is to bring together scholars, graduate students and advanced undergraduate students to discuss and assess the transformations taking place in Eastern Europe. The focus is on issues of political economy and public policy: how are these political and economic systems changing, what forms of capitalism and what forms of politics have emerged from the Baltics to the Balkans, what can be done in specific policy areas to improve performance, promote progressive societal change and ensure development? How have social scientists coped with these changes and what could be done within academia to move forward existing scholarly debates? The approach favoured is one that is empirically and historically grounded, theoretically informed and comparative. However, questions of fundamental theory and methodology are necessarily on the agenda as well. Scholars are encouraged to present ongoing work in order to receive feedback and forge collaborative research projects. Students, graduate or advanced undergraduate, are encouraged to participate in the discussion and present material of their own in order to fully take part in knowledge exchange and academic conversation. Expectations of the course will be met if students acquire new information and learn about their and neighbouring societies and if scholars strike new acquaintances and engage in coordinated future work.


Course lecturers

Mihal Arandarenko, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Dorothee Bohle, Central European University, Hungary
Bela Greskovits, Central European University, Hungary
Tibor Meszmannn, Central European University, Hungary
Marko Grdešić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Zdravko Petak, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Miroslav Stanojevič, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ljubljana, Slovenia


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