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Fall, 2007/2008 CEU Pol. Sci. Dept. MA The Political Economy of Post-Communist Transformation (4 credits) Lecturer: Attila Fölsz ( [email protected] ) Classes: Tuesday and Wednesday 9.00 – 10.40 Office hours: Tuesday 10.40 – 13.00, Wednesday 10.40 – 12. 00 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. The selected readings contain contrasting views which hopefully will provoke lively discussions in the seminars. Requirements 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% Class 1-2: The political economy of economic reforms: Survey of issues Dani Rodrik (1996): Understanding Economic Policy Reform. Journal of Economic Literature, Vol XXXIV, March 1996, pp. 9-41 Roland, Gérard (2002 ): The Political Economy of Transition. Journal of economic perspectives, Vol. 16, No. 1 Further reading: Grindle, Merilee S. (1989) "The New Political Economy. Positive Economics and Negative Politics" Policy Planning and Research Working Papers. No. 304. The World Bank. Pickel A. (2002): Transformational Theory: Scientific or Political? Communist and post- communist studies, Vol 35, No. 1 Fidmurc Jan (2003): Economic reform, democracy and growth during transition . European Journal of political economy, vol 19, 583-904 Class 3-4: Transition, as a Change of System Kornai, János (2000): What the Change of System from Socialism to capitalism Does and Does Not Mean. Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol 14 (1 Winter 2000- pages 27-42
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2 Further reading: Kornai, János (1992) The Socialist System: The Political Economy of Socialism. Princeton University Press, Oxford University Press Class 5-6: The transition reform package and its mainstream blueprint Williamson, John (1990) : What Washington Means by Policy Reform. in: Williamson (ed.): Latin American Adjustment: How Much has Happened?
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