2019-20 Organizational Meeting

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S153

This workshop brings together graduate students, post-docs, and area faculty to discuss new work related to politics and economics in the post-communist (and communist) countries of Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Asia.

The regime changes and economic transformations underway in the socialist and post-socialist world have provided a unique natural experiment for many of the existing theories of political science and economics. The workshop has forged an explicit link between the theoretical literature on institutions, transitions, economic reform, and democratization and evidence from the post-communist cases. Workshop participants have presented both theoretical propositions and empirical findings, permitting critical reevaluation of theories and analytical treatment of data.

In order to support the workshop's emphasis on substantive discussions of new scholarly work, all presenters submit a written paper, and all participants are expected to have read the paper in advance of the meeting. At the meeting, the presenter briefly summarizes the paper and participants offer comments on the written work. In addition, all presenters are expected to commit to attending all workshop sessions.

Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

For more information, please contact chairs, Dmitry Gorenburg or Oxana Shevel