Focus on the classical command-type economy and the most recent economic and political transition in Eastern Europe. Analysis of current institutional reform, privatization, and trade relations.
To apply various political economy paradigms to capture the evolution of communist systems: their emergence, functioning, collapse and the follow-up transition to capitalism.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures, linked to relevant readings.
Attend classes and keep up with the reading assignments.
Class assignments and grading
3 noncumulative tests, plus 1 research paper on an assigned topic.
Each test, 20 points; the paper, 20 points.