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Economic Transformations in the Post-Soviet Area - JMM188
Anglický název: Economic Transformations in the Post-Soviet Area
Český název: Ekonomická transformace postsovětského prostoru
Zajišťuje: Katedra ruských a východoevropských studií (23-KRVS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2019
Semestr: letní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: 4 / neurčen (4)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
4EU+: ne
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst pro virtuální mobilitu: ne
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
Garant: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D.
Vyučující: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D.
Anotace - angličtina
Since the fall of the Bretton Woods institutions, economists believed that the "market first" approach may solve all the problems of struggling economies. It seemed that the whole world acknowledged the victory of the liberal approach. However, as the time went on, it became obvious that neoliberalist approach did not work well for all the countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States. Some of them adopted a different approach to addressing the economic problems.
The course is primarily aimed at non-economists, but economists are also welcomed. Its main purpose is to provide students with an understanding of the political economy of developments in the post-Soviet space and the debates surrounding the transformation process. In comparison with purely economic science courses, the course covers a broader field of the change of political-economic systems.
When did the transformation begin? What were the main differences between the situation in Central Europe and the situation in the post-Soviet space? Why the transformation evolved to a semi-failed state in Ukraine, an authoritarian state in Russia or full dictatorships in Central Asia? What was the role of initial conditions? Is there any "right" approach, universal to all the countries? Why can economic science not agree on one single approach?
Poslední úprava: Svoboda Karel, Mgr., Ph.D. (13.02.2020)
Cíl předmětu - angličtina

The course aims to present the political economy of economic transformations in the post-Soviet area, accessible to non-economists. It provides students with an overview of debates surrounding these transformations. After finishing this course, students should be accustomed to the main economic transition theories applied to the area's political situation.  

Poslední úprava: Svoboda Karel, Mgr., Ph.D. (07.03.2024)
Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina

According to the Dean's provision, the teacher evaluates the student's performance in the percentages assigned to grades A to F (https://fsv.cuni.cz/opatreni-dekanky-c-20/2019):

  • 91% and more   => A
  • 81-90%             => B
  • 71-80%             => C
  • 61-70%             => D
  • 51-60%             => E
  • 0-50%               => F

More in SMĚRNICE S_SO_002: Organizace zkouškových termínů, kontrol studia a užívání klasifikace A–F na FSV UK.

Poslední úprava: Svoboda Karel, Mgr., Ph.D. (07.03.2024)

The readings for each class will be available through Moodle https://dl2.cuni.cz/course/view.php?id=3966


Myant M.; Drahokoupil J., Transition Economies: Political Economy in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010

Aslund A., How capitalism was built: the transformation of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.



Aslund A., Russia's capitalist revolution: why market reform succeeded and democracy failed?, Washington: Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2007.
Goldman M., The piratization of Russia : Russian reform goes awry, London : Routledge, 2003.
Aslund A., How Ukraine Became a Market Economy and Democracy, Washington: Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2008.
Konoczuk W., The failure of integration. The CIS and other international organisations in the post-Soviet area 1991-2006, OSW, Warsawa 2007.
Chubrik A. , Haiduk K., Pelipas I., Growth for All? Economy of Belarus: Challenges ahead, Minsk 2007, http://research.by/pdf/growthforall2007en.pdf.

Gevorkyan A. W., Transition Economies, Routledge 2021.
Schleifer A., Treisman D., A normal country, October 2003, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=460920.
Daniel Gros, Alfred Steinherr, Economic Transition in Central and Eastern Europe, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Gelʹman, Vladimir, O. Marganii︠a︡, and Dmitriĭ Travin. 2014. Reexamining economic and political reforms in Russia, 1985-2000: generations, ideas, and changes. New York: Lexington Books.

Poslední úprava: Svoboda Karel, Mgr., Ph.D. (07.03.2024)
Metody výuky - angličtina

The course is taught in person in Jinonice B103A 

The classes combine lecture and seminar approaches. Students are welcome to give their remarks and ask questions, present their views. All readings are accessible through moodle https://dl2.cuni.cz/course/view.php?id=3966


presentation name
01.03.2024 Kosygin reform  
08.03.2024 500 days plan  
15.03.2024 Kyrgyzstan as a special case   
22.03.2024 Uzbekistan  
29.03.2024 No class (Good Friday)  
05.04.2024 No class (conference participation)  
12.04.2024 Boris Berezovsky and his career   
19.04.2024 authoritative reforming  
26.04.2024 banking in the post-soviet space   
03.05.2024 energy ties  
10.05.2024  business groups in Ukraine  
17.05.2024 Armenia  
Poslední úprava: Svoboda Karel, Mgr., Ph.D. (07.03.2024)
Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina


Activity in the class

  • based on assigned readings,

  • meaningful participation (commentaries, questions) in a discussion following your colleagues’ presentations

Tests: test concluding each of the parts (Socialist economy, transformation, current affairs) - multiple choice based.  


  • 15 minutes long (powerpoint possible, not obligatory)



10% activity in the class (class reading) - ability to answer the questions and formulate own view, based on readings 

60% tests (20 percent each)

30% presentation - the ability to formulate the topic and present it. 


(A) 100 - 91%

(B) 90 - 80%

(C) 79- 70%

(D) 69-60

(E) 59-50

(F) less than 50%


Note on plagiarism:

Students should follow the rules of academic conduct. Any instance of plagiarism will be immediately delivered to the Disciplinary Commission for further decision. Please consult with the lecturer about any uncertainties before you submit your paper.


Poslední úprava: Svoboda Karel, Mgr., Ph.D. (07.03.2024)
23.02.2024 Presentations, course introduction, basic terms.
01.03.2024 Command economy, its functioning. Planning and its deficiencies, Innovations, and Pricing system. Reforming of the economies. What were the systemic and what were changeable features of the regime? Why did all the efforts to change the system fail?
08.03.2024 Perestroika - reform plans. Was the fall of the Soviet Union inevitable? Was it caused only by economic affairs? What were the actual consequences and results?
15.03.2024 post-Soviet transformation - approaches, typologies.
22.03.2024 Gradualism
29.03.2024 no class (Good Friday)
05.04.2024 no class (conference participation)
12.04.2024 State capture, business capture in the post-Soviet Area
19.04.2024 Authoritarianism in the CIS, a non-liberal model of development
26.04.2024 Crises in the post-Soviet World. 1998. World financial crisis in the CIS. Did the fall in GDP reflect reality? Crisis in Russia, Economic integration in the CIS - reaction to globalization?
03.05.2024 Economic integration.
10.05.2024 Economic statecraft, sanctions, etc.
17.05.2024 War and economy


Poslední úprava: Svoboda Karel, Mgr., Ph.D. (07.03.2024)
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