Scheda insegnamento

  • Docente Carolyn Ann Kadas

  • Crediti formativi 4

  • SSD SECS-P/02

  • Modalità didattica Convenzionale - Lezioni in presenza

  • Lingua di insegnamento Inglese

Anno Accademico 2017/2018

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

Student is expected to acquire a sound knowledge on specific features and phases of economic, social, and political developments in SEE (Western Balkans) before 1990, then to learn the complexities of privatization and privatization models, the Balkan macroeconomic stabilization, and the problems related to the access to the EU


This is the second of two modules on economic transition. This second module uses a comparative approach to study South East European (SEE) countries' economic transition since the 1980s. The course begins by examining the basic features of the Yugoslav, Albanian, Romanian and Bulgarian economies prior to 1990. We study the system of worker self-management and Yugoslavia's international economic relationships, as well as pre-transition economic situations in Romania, Bulgaria and Albania. We will analyze the Markovic reforms in Yugoslavia and their reciprocal influence on other east European reform movements. Economic aspects of the break-up of Yugoslavia will be studied, with a focus on the effects of war, sanctions, and the role of foreign aid during the 1990s. Issues concerning implementation of the Washington Consensus and relations with international financial organizations will be analyzed. Privatization in all the south east European countries will be studied, as well as the extent and impact of foreign direct investment on these economies. The social effects of transition will be analyzed, namely unemployment, the informal economy, migration, remittances, and the transition of social welfare systems. We will study the prospects for EU accession and regional economic integration, with a focus on the effects of these processes on future economic growth and development. The effects of the global financial crisis on SEE countries and their subsequent current economic recovery will be studied.


- R.J. Crampton. The Balkans Since the Second World War (Pearson, 2002) (IN LIBRARY)

- Will Bartlett. Europe's Troubled Region: Economic Development, Institutional Reform and Social Welfare in the Western Balkans (Routledge, 2008). (IN LIBRARY)

- Milica Uvalic. Serbia's Transition: Towards a Better Future (Palgrave, 2010) (IN LIBRARY)

Additional reading:

  • John Lampe, Balkans into Southeast Europe (Palgrave 2006)
  • R.J. Crampton, The Balkans Since the Second World War (Pearson 2002)
  • Harold Lydall, Yugoslavia in Crisis (Clarendon Press 1989)
  • Susan Woodward, Balkan Tragedy: chaos and dissolution after the Cold War (Brookings Institution, 1995)
  • David Turnock, Aspects of Independent Romania's Economic History with Particular Reference to Transition for EU Accession (2007)
  • Vienna Institute for International Economics – (Wiener Institut fuer Internazionale Wirtschaft) WIIW, http://www.wiiw.ac.at [http://www.wiiw.ac.at/]
  • Štiblar, F. The Impact of the Global Crisis on Montenegro and the Western Balkans, CBM, Podgorica, 2009
  • Myant, Martin and Jan Drahokoupil, Transition Economies: Political Economy in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Blackwell-Wiley, 2010
  • Kornai, Janos, The Socialist System: The Political Economy of Communism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992
  • EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) Transition Report, 1996-2012
  • EBRD Working papers. http://www.ebrd.com/pubs/econo/series/wp.htm
  • Roland, Gerard. Transition and Economics. MIT Press, 2000
  • Lavigne, Marie. The Economics of Transition: From Socialist Economy to Market Economy. St. Martin's Press, 1999
  • EIU, Economies in transition: Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Regional overview (quarterly report)
  • Pacek, Nenad and Daniel Thorniley, Emerging Markets, lessons for business success and the outlook for different markets, The Economist, 2004 and 2007 editions
  • William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan. Working Papershttp://ideas.repec.org/s/wdi/papers.html
  • World Bank newsletter Beyond Transition, http://newsletters.worldbank.org
  • Many of the recent articles on transition economies are published in the following journals: Journal of Comparative Economics, Comparative Economic Studies, Economics of Transition

Metodi didattici

Lectures with power point presentation, with abundant class participation.

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

Please see first module on Central Europe for information on mid-term exam and research paper/presentation.

Final 3-hour written exam at the end of the second module covering both modules. The exam consists of a choice of 5 out of essay questions.


The outcome of the module will be averaged to that of the other module composing the integrated course in order to determine the final grade.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

Computer and projector

Orario di ricevimento

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