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The course aims to provide knowledge and understanding of how government’s internal and external relations were changing at different periods of political, administrative, social and economic transition in the Central-European countries. It focuses on issues from government to governance, privatization, decentralization and devolution.

In order to understand today’s events the course will first summarize the main characteristics of the last historic period of the Central-European socialist systems focusing on general preconditions of transition and policies followed. A considerable part of the course will cover specific issues of transition looking at the political dynamics of economic reforms, the politics of privatization, the contradictions of the post-socialist welfare state, the role of interest groups in the transition, the efforts of reforming the administrative system. During the analysis of transition the course will analyze the questions of emerging markets, the changing role of the state. Revolving around these issues, one can find a structure of explanation for economic policy understandings: signals of prices, fiscal matters, monetary issues, institutional and organizational changes, and decision making processes.

Readings required:

- Juraj Nemec – Glen Wright, Public Finance – Theory and Practice in Transition Countries in Central-Eastern Europe, NISPAcee, Bratislava, 1997

Readings recommended:

- Geert Bouckaert, Juraj Nemec, Vitalis Nakrosis, György Hajnal & Kristiina Tönnisson  (eds): Public management reforms in Central and Eastern Europe, NISPAcee, Bratislava, 2009

Last modified: 2011.07.13.

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