20 years: political and economic evolution of Post-communist EuropeMay 23-25, 2011
The international symposium “Twenty Years: Political and Economic Evolution in Post-communist Europe“ is a unique event for Russia.
Its main goal is to create a platform for open discussion of questions, which are currently being raised not only in academic and expert circles, but in the society as a whole.
Why have different post-communist countries, having a similar stating point, post-war history and on the whole similar reforms arrived at different outcomes on the way to democracy and the market economy?
What is the impact of such factors as geography, ethnicity, religion, pre-communist past, existence or lack of the national statehood, democratic and parliamentary experience, socio-economic characteristics of the post-communist states, role of the key political figures on the trajectory of political evolution in these states? Did the socio-economic features of each state lead at the moment of Soviet break-down to varying paths of development? What role did the key personalities in the political and economic changes of the last twenty years. What were the likely counterfactual scenarios? What was the impact of cultural differences across these societies: public perception of the rule of law, authorities’ rights and responsibilities, work ethics and contractual relations. These will be the main questions, which we hope to discuss during the symposium.
It is my heartfelt belief that in order to solve the problems that Russia is facing in the arenas of modernization, creation of an innovative economy, development of our democracy and market economy we must understand the experiences of other post-communist states and to assess the inter-connectedness among their cultural, political and economic trajectories.
Our Symposium is an international event with participants of equal standing. Eminent economists, political scientists and historians from Commonwealth of Independent States, Baltic States, Central and Eastern Europe are gathering in Moscow at the end of May to discuss the problems that are important not only for us, but for the whole world.
Let's wish our symposium good luck!
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