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210122 VO M9: SpezialVO East European Studies (2021W)

Eastern Europe's Great Tranformations

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
MIXED

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Details

Language: English

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 07.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 14.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 21.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 28.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 04.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 11.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 18.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 25.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 09.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 16.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 13.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 20.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 27.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5

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Aims, contents and method of the course

30 some years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, there is widespread disillusionment with the outcomes of the transformations in the East. Public distrust in democratic institutions and political leaders, perception of widespread corruption, limited economic and social convergence with the West, and recurrent East-West conflicts attest to this. Consequently, political liberalism and European integration are being contested; economic nationalism has re-emerged, and historical memories are being re-written to idealize Europe’s dark 1920s and 1930s. However, disillusionment has varied across countries and over time. The lecture seeks to reevaluate the processes and problems of East European transformations. It will cover questions such as: What have been successes of the transformation, and which are the failures? How have the specific historical legacies impacted on the region’s transformations? What was the role of external actors in the transformations? Was the introduction of the liberal democratic institutional system without prior political democratic and constitutional culture premature? Why is the liberal order increasingly being challenged in the region? Why are the almost forgotten early debates on populism, third way, economic nationalism, dependency, peripheral development being re-opened within the region? By systematically exploring the role of legacies and international influences in the region, and by drawing comparative inferences, the lecture aims to contextualize the region’s developments in a broader European framework, thereby reasserting Eastern Europe’s experiences as part of the common European trajectory.

Assessment and permitted materials

oral examanitation at the end of the semester

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

passing the oral examination

Examination topics

content of the lectures, including slides
readings (One or two texts are assgined for each lecture)

Reading list

• Offe, Claus. 1991. “Capitalism by Democratic Design? Democratic Theory Facing the Triple Transition in East Central Europe.” Social Research 58 (2): 865–92.
• Przeworski, Adam. 1991. “The ‘East’ Becomes the ‘South’? The ‘Autumn of the People’ and the Future of Eastern Europe.” PS: Political Science & Politics 24 (1): 20–24
• Mark Mazower, Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century, (London: Penguin Press 1998) chapters 1& 2: “The Deserted Temple: Democracy’s Rise and Fall”; “Empires, Nations, Minorities”
• Lampe, John R. 1975. “Varieties of Unsuccessful Industrialization: The Balkan States before 1914.” The Journal of Economic History 35 (1): 56–85.
• Berend, Iván T. 1986. “The Historical Evolution of Eastern Europe as a Region.” International Organization 40 (2): 329–46.
• Swain, Geoff, and N. (Nigel) Swain. 2003. Eastern Europe since 1945. Third edition. Palgrave Macmillan, chapter 5 “Actually Existing Socialism in Action”, pp. 94-118
• Maier, Charles S. 1991. Why Did Communism Collapse in 1989? Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University.
• Bunce, Valerie. 1999. Subversive Institutions: The Design and the Destruction of Socialism and the State. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, chapters 5 & 6, pp. 77-126
• Grzymala-Busse, Anna and Pauline Jones Luong. 2002. “‪Reconceptualizing the State: Lessons from Post-Communism‬.” Political Theory 30 (4), 529-554‬‬‬
• Pop-Eleches. 2014. “Communist Development and the Postcommunist Democratic Deficit”, in Beissinger Mark and Stephen Kotkin Historical Legacies of Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 28-52
• Bernhard, Michael. 2020. “What Do We Know about Civil Society and Regime Change Thirty Years after 1989?” East European Politics 36 (3): 341–362.
• Greskovits, Béla. 2020. “Rebuilding the Hungarian Right through Conquering Civil Society: The Civic Circles Movement.” East European Politics 36 (2): 247–266.
• Subotic, Jelena. 2018. “Political Memory, Ontological Security, and Holocaust Remembrance in Post-Communist Europe.” European Security 27 (3): 296–313.
• Hozic, Aida. 2014. “It happened elsewhere. Remembering 1989 in the Former Yugoslavia. In Bernhard, Michael, and Jan Kubik. 2014. Twenty Years After Communism: The Politics of Memory and Commemoration. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 233-260.
• Bohle, Dorothee, and Béla Greskovits. 2012. Capitalist Diversity on Europe’s Periphery. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, chapter 2: Capitalist Diversity after Socialism, pp. 55-96
• Nölke, Andreas, and Arjan Vliegenthart. 2009. “Enlarging the Varieties of Capitalism: The Emergence of Dependent Market Economies in East Central Europe.” World Politics 61 (4): 670–702.
• Schimmelfennig, Frank, and Ulrich Sedelmeier. 2020. “The Europeanization of Eastern Europe: The External Incentives Model Revisited.” Journal of European Public Policy 27 (6): 814–33.
• Medve-Bálint, Gergő. 2014. “The Role of the EU in Shaping FDI Flows to East Central Europe.” JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies 52 (1): 35–51.
• Bermeo, Nancy. 2016. “On Democratic Backsliding.” Journal of Democracy 27 (1): 5–19.
• Cianetti, Licia, James Dawson, and Seán Hanley. 2018. “Rethinking ‘Democratic Backsliding’ in Central and Eastern Europe–Looking beyond Hungary and Poland.” East European Politics 34 (3): 243-256
• Scheiring, Gábor. 2021. “Dependent Development and Authoritarian State Capitalism: Democratic Backsliding and the Rise of the Accumulative State in Hungary.” Geoforum, no. 124, pp. 267-278.
• Dzenovska, Dace. 2018. “Latvians Do Not Understand the Greek People.” In Messy Europe: Crisis, Race, and Nation-State in a Postcolonial World, edited by Loftsdóttir, Kristín, Smith, Andrea L., and Hipfl, Brigitte, 53–76. New York-Oxford: Berghahn.
• Richter, Solveig, and Natasha Wunsch. 2020.“Money, Power, Glory: The Linkages between EU Conditionality and State Capture in the Western Balkans.” Journal of European Public Policy 27(1): 41-62

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