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Economic transformation in the post-Soviet area - JMM188
Anglický název: Economic transformations in the post-Soviet area
Zajišťuje: Katedra ruských a východoevropských studií (23-KRVS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2016
Semestr: letní
Body: 6
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: 15 / 4018 (15)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
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Garant: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D.
Vyučující: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D.
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (17.02.2016)

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 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 different approach to addressing the economic problems.
The course is primarily aimed at non-economists. Its main purpose is to provide students with understanding of the political economy of developments in the post-Soviet space. 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 the Central Europe and the situation in the post-Soviet space? Why the transformation evolved to a semi-failed state in Ukraine, 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 economic science cannot agree on one single approach?
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (17.02.2016)

1. Myant M.; Drahokoupil J., Transition Economies: Political Economy in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010
2. Aslund A., Russia's capitalist revolution: why market reform succeeded and democracy failed?, Washington : Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2007.
3. Goldman M., The piratization of Russia : Russian reform goes awry, London : Routledge, 2003.
4. Tompson, W., Ahrend, R., Fifteen years of economic reforms in Russia: What has been achieved, what remains to be done?
5. Aslund A., How Ukraine Became a Market Economy and Democracy, Washington : Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2008.
6. Konoczuk W., The failure of integration. The CIS and other international organisations in the post-Soviet area 1991-2006, OSW, Warsawa 2007. 
 7. Chubrik A. , Haiduk K., Pelipas I., Growth for All? Economy of Belarus: Challenges ahead, Minsk 2007, http://research.by/pdf/growthforall2007en.pdf.
8. Sutela P., Russian market Economy, Alexanteri Institute, Helsinki, 2003.
9. Aslund A., How capitalism was built : the transformation of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
10. 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

Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (17.02.2016)


Activity in the class

  • based on assigned readings,

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

  • minimum attendance - 70 % (9 seminars)


  • test based on readings and class work.

Final test:

  • similar to the midterm (based on the readings and classes during the whole term)

24 hours paper

  • 6300-9000 characters long (including spaces)

  • 24 hours for completing the answer



20% Midterm

10 % activity in the class (class reading)

30 % final test

40 % 24 hours paper


1 (A) 100 - 91%

2 (B) 90 - 75%

3 (C) 74 - 60%

4 (F) less than 60%


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 any uncertainties with the lecturer before you submit your paper.

Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (22.02.2017)

1 23 Feb 2017
Presentations, course introduction, basic terms.
2 2 Mar 2017 Command economy, its functioning. Planning and its deficiencies, Innovations, Pricing system. Reforming of the economies. What were the systemic and what were the changeable features of the regime? Why did all the efforts to change the system fail?
3 9 Mar 2017 perestroika - reform plans. Was the fall of the Soviet Union inevitable? Was it caused only by the economic affairs? What were the true consequences, results?
4 16 Mar 2017 post-Soviet transformation - approaches, typologies. 
5 23 Mar 2017 shock therapy, Liberalization, Privatization, Stabilization
6 30 Mar 2017 state capture, business capture
7 6 Apr 2017 What regimes were established in 1990s? Types of regimes, causes for diverse paths.
8 20 Apr 2017 Midterm - based on readings + classes.
9 27 Apr 2017 Authoritarianism in the CIS, Belarus as an alternative model for post-Soviet development? 
10 4 May 2017 1998 - problems and consequences
11 11 May2017  Economic integration in the CIS - uniting or disuniting? WTO, Russian-Belarusian Union etc.
12 18 May 2017 World financial crisis in the CIS. Did the fall in GDP reflect reality? Crisis in Russia
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