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210124 SE M9: East European Studies (2021W)

Comparative Capitalism: Eastern Europe in Comparative Perspective

9.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 50 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Sobald die Teilnehmer*innenzahl feststeht, werden die Teilnehmer*innen nach Alphabet in zwei Gruppen geteilt. Diese wechseln sich in Folge wöchentlich mit Präsenz- und Onlinelehre ab. Sie sollten entsprechend alle zwei Wochen an die Universität kommen.

Tuesday 05.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 12.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 19.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 09.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 16.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 23.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 30.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 07.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 14.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 11.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 25.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

The seminar locates the East European political economies within major topics, debates, and approaches in comparative political economy. Many of the concepts and theories of comparative political economy have been developed to explain divergence and convergence among advanced capitalist countries, while neglecting the east. At the same time, the specific challenges of the East European socio-economic transformations after the fall of the wall have led to intense efforts at theorizing and explaining the specificities of East European market economies. Building on both strands in the literature, the seminar traces the emergence of East European capitalism, its varieties, and its challenges after the Great Financial Crisis. Throughout the course, Eastern European political economies will be compared to each other, to other European, and non-European political economies.

Assessment and permitted materials

• Seminar presence and participation
• Three position papers
• Four question papers
• Small research paper

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

• Seminar presence and participation (students must not miss more than 2 seminars): 15%
• Three position papers: 30%
• Four question papers: 20%
• Research paper (approximately 3000 words, excluding the biography): 25%

Examination topics

seminar readings

Reading list

• Menz, Georg. 2017. Comparative Political Economy: Contours of a Subfield. First edition. Oxford University Press. Chapter 2: “The turn towards Comparative Capitalisms and the Relationship with IPE”
• Hall, Peter A., and David Soskice, eds. 2001. Varieties of Capitalism: The Institutional Foundations of Comparative Advantage. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press; Chapter 1
• Baccaro, Lucio, and Jonas Pontusson. 2016. “Rethinking Comparative Political Economy: The Growth Model Perspective.” Politics & Society 44 (2): 175–207.
• Bohle, Dorothee and Béla Greskovits. 2009. “Varieties of Capitalism and Capitalism «tout Court».” European Journal of Sociology 50 (03): 355–86.
• 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.
• Bohle, Dorothee and Béla Greskovits. 2007. “Neoliberalism, Embedded Neoliberalism and Neocorporatism: Towards Transnational Capitalism in Central-Eastern Europe.” West European Politics 30 (3): 443–66.
• Myant, Martin, and Jan Drahokoupil. 2011. Transition Economies: Political Economy in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons; chapter 16, “Emergent varieties of capitalism”, pp, 299-312
• Ban, Cornel and Dragos Adascalitei. 2020. The FDI-led Growth Regimes of the East-Central and the South-East European Periphery. Copenhagen Business School [wp]. CBDS Working Paper No. 2020/2.
• Rutland, Peter. 2018. “The Political Economy of Energy in Russia.” In The International Political Economy of Oil and Gas, edited by Slawomir Raszewski, 23–39. International Political Economy Series. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
• Balmaceda, Margarita M. 2015. Politics of Energy Dependency: Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania between Domestic Oligarchs and Russian Pressure. Reprint edition. Toronto ; Buffalo ; London: University of Toronto Press, chapter 1, “Introduction: Domestic Politics and the Management of Energy Dependency in the Former Soviet Union”, pp. 3-42.
• Epstein, Rachel A. 2014. “When Do Foreign Banks ‘Cut and Run’? Evidence from West European Bailouts and East European Markets.” Review of International Political Economy 21 (4): 847–77.
• Mabbett, Deborah, and Waltraud Schelkle. 2015. “What Difference Does Euro Membership Make to Stabilization? The Political Economy of International Monetary Systems Revisited.” Review of International Political Economy 22 (3): 508–34.
• Naczyk, Marek. 2021. “Taking Back Control: Comprador Bankers and Managerial Developmentalism in Poland.” Review of International Political Economy, 1–25
• Bluhm, Katharina, and Mihai Varga. 2020. “Conservative Developmental Statism in East Central Europe and Russia.” New Political Economy 25 (4): 642–59.
• 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.
• Fabry, Adam. 2019. “Neoliberalism, Crisis and Authoritarian–Ethnicist Reaction: The Ascendancy of the Orbán Regime.” Competition & Change 23 (2): 165–91.
• Johnson, Juliet, and Andrew Barnes. 2015. “Financial Nationalism and Its International Enablers: The Hungarian Experience.” Review of International Political Economy 22 (3): 535–69.
• Ban, Cornel, and Dorothee Bohle. 2020. “Definancialization, Financial Repression and Policy Continuity in East-Central Europe.” Review of International Political Economy, 1–24.

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