Socio-Economic Development in Postsocialist Countries: Comparative Perspectives

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal III (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC09 Social Transformations and Sociology of Development (host committee)

Language: English

This session invites submissions that examine the intersection of globalization, economic development, and social outcomes, such as inequality or democracy, in postsocialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia and China. Transformations after socialism have happened during a particular socio-historical moment of neoliberal globalization, financialization and economic crisis.
How have these global trends shaped postsocialist developments? In many countries, the crisis has brought a time of recession, high unemployment and soaring sovereign debt, with governance marred by non-transparency and informality.
In some cases, restive publics began to register support for populist and radical parties, in others they staged protest against the current governments. Some countries have shown more resistance and have weathered the crisis better than others. Why is that so?
We welcome papers that explore any of these topics, employing a cross-national framework to interrogate the divergences and similarities across the region, and between the postsocialist countries and the rest of the world. We welcome quantitative cross-national analyses, qualitative case study comparisons, or multi-method designs.
Session Organizer:
Nina BANDELJ, University of California-Irvine, USA
Production Networks and Varieties of Institutional Change: Earnings Inequality in Post-Socialism Revisited.
Matthew C MAHUTGA, University of California, Riverside, USA; Andrew JORGENSON, Boston College, USA
No Escape from Ideology? Comparing Imaginaries of Global Development in the Former Soviet Periphery
Polina MANOLOVA, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom; Philipp LOTTHOLZ, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Economic Attitudes of East Europeans
Nina BANDELJ, University of California, Irvine, USA; Katelyn FINLEY, University of California, Irvine, USA
Fighting Corruption during Transformations in Poland: Determinants and Changes in Perception of Government Effectiveness
Ilona WYSMULEK, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland