Political Economy of Postcommunist Transformation
- Students critically interpret the main events and trends in post-communist transition
- Students must retrieve, collect, process and analyze a wealth of information to prepare for the quizzes, individual assignments and final essay
- Command Economy in the late Soviet period: from stagnation to crisis. The Perestroika
- The Gorbachev’s reforms: the failure to reform command economy
- Market transition in Russian and beyond
- Privatization in Russia
- 5. The resource curse in Russia: pros and cons
- Wealth and Inequality
- Corruption, Violence and Institutions
- Authoritarian Modernization
- Perspectives of Russia’s Economy after the 2014 Crisis
- quizzesEach student will require writing at least 3 quizzes (2 ones per module). An instructor reserves a right to announce a quiz without prior notice. Each quiz will consist of 2-3 questions that will require short answers, up to 3 sentences. All the questions are based on compulsory readings.
- ParticipationThe assessment of students` work is based on individual participation and individual oral presentations on the issues raised in the compulsory readings. Grading is based on answers to the instructor’s questions addressed to the audience and particular students; students’ questions to the instructor; discussions among students in smaller groups. Students are assessed for the quality of their arguments and ability to analyze critically the problem, engage with the arguments of the book, peers and the instructor, ability to find links between different parts of the course and its readings. Attendance is obligatory. Students must not skip classes without valid reason. If a student misses more than one class without a valid reason, he/she will be punished by reduction of his/her assessment by 5%.
- Individual assignment/presentationDuring week 4 a few teams of no more than 3 students are expected to prepare a series of group presentations – as country reports on success/failure of market reforms in post-communist countries. The goal of this exercise is to compare reform outcomes in as many as possible post-communist countries. Presentations are to be followed by in-class discussions. Please follow these guidelines: 1) Limit your presentation by 10-12 minutes 2) Limit the number of your PowerPoint slides by 10 3) Suggested structure and content: a. The onset of reform b. The course (and speed) of the reform (narrative) c. Basic facts: figures, tables, charts, graphs etc. d. Country-specific context e. Success or failure: how to assess the reform outcome f. Your comments 4) Please avoid reading your slide (either from paper, or tablet/smartphone, laptop) 5) Each extra 3 min of presentation will be punished by 1 score; reading slides – by 1 score Countries you may chose: Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Poland, Hungary, the Czech republic, Slovenia, China, Vietnam.
- Essayto pass exam each student has to submit an essay on the topic related to the course. The topic of an essay should be approved by instructor and submitted by student no later than two weeks before deadline. Students submit exam essays due to the date as approved by the instructor. The text files should in Word/PDF format. The exam design does not require any special software or proctoring.
- 2021/2022 3rd module0.24 * Individual assignment/presentation + 0.4 * Essay + 0.12 * quizzes + 0.24 * Participation
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- Gustafson T. Capitalism Russian-Style. – Cambridge University Press, 1999.
- Gustafson T. Capitalism Russian-Style. – Cambridge University Press, 1999. ISBN: 9780511149474
- Robinson N. (ed.). The political economy of Russia. – Rowman & Littlefield, 2012. ISBN: 9781442210745
- Connolly, R. (2016). The Empire Strikes Back: Economic Statecraft and the Securitisation of Political Economy in Russia. Europe-Asia Studies, 68(4), 750–773. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2016.1156056
- Daniel Treisman. (2016). Russia’s Billionaires. American Economic Review, (5), 236. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.p20161068
- Filip Novokmet, Thomas Piketty, & Gabriel Zucman. (2018). From Soviets to oligarchs: inequality and property in Russia 1905-2016. The Journal of Economic Inequality, (2), 189. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10888-018-9383-0
- The Role of Oligarchs in Russian Capitalism. (2005). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.8D3B9D7A