Divergence and Backlash in Central and Eastern Europe: Political Economy at a Crossroads? (workshop)

   2022. május 24. 8:00

Centre for Social Sciences – Institute of Political Science (TK PTI)

Budapest, 24 May 2022

Organisers: Gergő Medve-Bálint, Miklós Sebők and Jasper Simons

Venue: Centre for Social Sciences, Room K.11-12 (1097 Budapest, Tóth Kálmán utca 4.) and online via zoom

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Workshop Program

8:15 –                                Registration

8:45 – 9:00             Opening of the workshop

9:00 – 10:30           Session 1: Theory and concepts

  • Áron Buzogány (BOKU Vienna) and Mihai Varga (Freie Universität Berlin) – Ideologies, ideas and interest in CEE-focused IPE
  • Jasper Simons (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies) and Miklós Sebők (Centre for Social Sciences) – Is It Really Authoritarian, Statist or Nationalist? The Political Economy of Control
  • Piotr Kozarzewski (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin) – State Capitalism and Its Tools in Post-communist Countries
  • Miklós Szanyi (Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Budapest) – The Three Archetype European Historic Development Models and Their Impact in East Central Europe


10:30 – 11:00                 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30          Session 2: Populism

  • Gerhard Schnyder (Loughborough University London) – Populism & Neoliberalism: Investigating the link
  • Zoltán Ádám (Corvinus University of Budapest) – Authoritarian and/or empowering? The populism—democracy nexus re-visited in context of the COVID-19 crisis in Central and Eastern Europe
  • István Benczes  (Corvinus University of Budapest)– From economic populism to the economic consequences of populism: Operationalising the ideational approach to populism
  • Dorottya Sallai (London School of Economics), Daniel Kinderman (University of Delaware), Andreas Nölke (Goethe University Frankfurt), Gerhard Schnyder (Loughborough University London)– The antecedents of MNC political risk under right-wing populist governments: A research agenda based on evidence from East Central Europe

12:30 – 13:30                Lunch break

13:30 – 15:00          Session 3: Transnational integration and dependent capitalism

  • László Bruszt (Central European University) and Visnja Vukov (University of Vienna) – Core-periphery divisions in the EU: More to come
  • Gergő Medve-Bálint (Centre for Social Sciences) and Andrea Éltető (Centre for Economic and Regional Studies) – Building on the East-West divide: selective economic nationalism and the stability of FDI-led growth regimes in East Central Europe
  • Miklós Sebők, Sándor Kozák and Anna Ürmössy (Centre for Social Sciences) – The German Enablers of Illiberalism: The Case of Orbán’s Hungary with Merkel and the industrial lobby
  • Vera Šćepanović (University of Leiden) and Imre Szabó (University College Dublin)– The political consequences of delayed de-industrialization – Lessons from Eastern Europe

15:00 – 15:30                Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00          Session 4: Finance and industrial policy

  • Dóra Piroska (Central European University) and Rachel Epstein (University of Denver)  – The Making of the European Financial Periphery: The Uneven Effects of the European Union’s New Financial Regime

  • Zsófia Barta (University at Albany) – All the things debt can do: "Unorthodox" public financing strategies in Hungary

  • Ana Podvršič (University of Graz) – Rethinking the Slovenian exceptionalism. The post-crisis restructuring on the Eurozone periphery

  • Sonja Avlijaš (University of Belgrade) – Industrial Policy Beyond the Nation State: Perspectives from Europe’s Southeast Periphery


17:00-17:10                    Closing remarks