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
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst: ne
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
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.
Termíny zkoušek   Rozvrh LS   Nástěnka   
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (13.02.2020)
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?
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (13.02.2020)

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

Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (15.02.2021)


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,

Schleifer A., Treisman D., A normal country, October 2003,
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

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (15.02.2021)

UPDATE: Due to the coronavirus spread, our classes will be held via Zoom ( ).  As a backup variant, we will use skype (name svobkar). Time remains the same as scheduled. 

The classes combine lecture and seminar approach. Students are welcomed to give their remarks and ask questions, present their views. All readings are accessible through moodle


  presentation name
24 February 2021 Kosygin reform  
3 March 2021 500 days plan  
10 March 2021 Kyrgyzstan as a special case   
17 March 2021 Uzbekistan  
24 March 2021 Boris Berezovsky and his career   
31 March 2021 Georgia  
7 April 2021 authoritative reforming  
14 April 2021 Moldova   
21 April 2021 banking in the post-soviet space   
28 April 2021 Kazakhstan and the economy  
5 May 2021  business groups in Ukraine  
12 May 2021 Armenia  


Topic: Economic Transformations in the post-Soviet Space
Time: Feb 17, 2021 03:30 PM Prague Bratislava
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Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (02.02.2021)


Activity in the class

  • based on assigned readings,

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

  • minimum attendance - 50 % (9 seminars)

Final test:

  • similar to the midterm (based on the readings and classes during the whole term)
  • The final exam will be held through Moodle (open question test)    


  • 15 minutes long (powerpoint possible, not obligatory)



15% activity in the class (class reading) - ability to answer the questions and formulate own view, based on readings 

50% final test - based on readings, classes. Ability to formulate answers precisely and concisely

35 % presentation - ability to formulate the topic and present it clearly. 


(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 any uncertainties with the lecturer before you submit your paper.

Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (06.02.2021)

Zoom link:

1 17 February 2021 Presentations, course introduction, basic terms.
2 24 February 2021 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 3 March 2021 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 10 March 2021 post-Soviet transformation - approaches, typologies. 
5 17 March 2021 Gradualism 
6 24 March 2021 state capture, business capture in the post-Soviet Area
7 31 March 2021 politics and economy in the transformation
8 7 April 2021 Authoritarianism in the CIS, non-liberal model of development
9 14 April 2021 1998 - problems and consequences
10 21 April 2021 World financial crisis in the CIS. Did the fall in GDP reflect reality? Crisis in Russia, Economic integration in the CIS - reaction to globalization? 
11 28 April 2021 Russia's transformation
12 5 May 2021 Ukraine's transformation
13 12 May 2021 Current challenges