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Economic Transformations 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 do 2017
Semestr: letní
Body: 6
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: 15 / neurčen (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. (03.02.2019)
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. 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: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (03.02.2019)


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.
Tompson, W., Ahrend, R., Fifteen years of economic reforms in Russia: What has been achieved, what remains to be done?
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.

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. (03.02.2019)


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)


  • 15 minutes long (powerpoint possible, not obligatory)



20% Midterm

10 % activity in the class (class reading)

50 % final test


20 % presentation


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. (21.02.2019)
1 22 Feb 2019
Presentations, course introduction, basic terms.
2 1 Mar 2019 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 8 Mar 2019 perestroika - reform plans. Was the fall of the Soviet Union inevitable? Was it caused only by economic affairs? What were the true consequences, results?
4 15 Mar 2019 post-Soviet transformation - approaches, typologies. 
5 22 Mar 2019 shock therapy, Liberalization, Privatization, Stabilization
6 29 Mar 2019 state capture, business capture in the post-Soviet Area
7 5 Apr 2019 Midterm - based on readings + classes.
8 12 Apr 2019 politics and economy in the transformation
9 19 Apr 2019 no class - Easter
10 26 Apr 2019 Authoritarianism in the CIS, non-liberal model of development
11 3 May 2019 1998 - problems and consequences
12 10 May 2019  Economic integration in the CIS - reaction to globalization? 
13 17 May 2019 World financial crisis in the CIS. Did the fall in GDP reflect reality? Crisis in Russia
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