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Economics and Globalization

Hungary Under FIDESZ: A Retreat from Democracy?

The economic crisis in Hungary has evolved into a political crisis, as Viktor Orban's FIDESZ government has passed a number of laws and initiatives that severely thwart democracy. Orban's populism has led his government to restrict press freedoms, undermine the balance of powers and silence opponents in the arts and academia by cutting institutional budgets, while claiming austerity.

Serbia and the EU: Assessing the Economic Prospects

As elsewhere in the Western Balkans, Serbia made significant strides in the period 203-8 toward becoming the "functioning market economy" specified by the Copenhagen Criteria as a major credential for membership in the European Union. Since then, on the one hand, the Tadic government has accepted an EU invitation to apply for membership. This invitation is consistent with Brussels' long expressed interest in bringing the serbian econmy with its large population and central location into the organization.

The Impact of Global Crisis on Transition Countries With Special Regard to the Western Balkans

While the economic crisis that began in 2008 has had a global reach, the pain of the crisis has been disproportionately felt in the postcommunist transition countries generally, and in the Western Balkans in particular. Former WWICS public policy scholar Franjo Stiblar offered the simple explanation that poor countries, with their higher income inequality and high unemployment, are fated to feel the effects of the economic crisis more strongly.

Reaching Out at a Time of Economic Crisis: External Anchors and Internal Dynamics in the Western Balkans

The celebration of two anniversaries that are being held in Europe this—the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago and the first EU enlargement to postcommunist Europe five years ago—is being tempered by a deep and widespread economic recession. This recession has been disproportionately felt in the Western Balkans, Jens Bastian argued, which has obscured the path these countries are working hard to follow into the EU.

Social and Political Responses to Economic Crises: Reflections on the State of Democracy in EU Member States Bordering the CIS

Ginta T. Palubinskas, Undergraduate Program Director, Department of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University

This event will take place in the 6th floor auditorium.

Serbia's Transition to a Market Economy: Achievements and Failures

Milica Uvalic, Professor of Economics, University of Perugia and current WWICS Public Policy Scholar

This event will take place in the 6th floor boardroom.

Central and Eastern Europe and the Global Financial Crisis: Heightened Risks and Rising Vulnerabilities

To varying degrees, the global economic crisis has not only stalled the dramatic economic growth of postcommunist East Europe, but has also pushed some countries into recession. Sharon Fisher presented an in-depth analysis of the economies of Central and Eastern Europe and assessed their ability to recover from the recession.

Transnational Integration Regimes as Development Programs

Gerald A. McDermott, Associate Professor, Sonoco International Business Department, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina

This event will take place in the 6th floor Auditorium.

Economic Reform and Ethnic Cooperation in Post-Soviet Latvia and Ukraine

Economic Reform and Ethnic Cooperation in Post-Soviet Latvia and Ukraine
September 15, 2004
Staff-prepared summary of the EES informal discussion with Stephen Bloom, Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow, University of California-Los Angeles and East European Studies Research Scholar