Scrutinizing the Story of Good and Bad Institutions: Post-Communism and Beyond
August 20-27, 2017 Tartu – Narva – Tallinn (Estonia)
Acemoglu and Robinson (2012) have famously argued that the success or failure of nations depends, above all, on the kind of institutions that have been put in place: inclusive institutions promote innovation and prosperity while extractive institutions block socioeconomic development, making sustained growth impossible.*
This training school examines Acemoglu and Robinson’s thesis in the context of diverse institutions, regime trajectories and policy outcomes of post-communist Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Can the successes and failures of post-communist transition be explained in terms of inclusive and extractive institutions – rather than initial conditions, geography, resources, culture or the agendas of specific actors? Why did some countries develop inclusive and others exploitative institutions? Do extractive institutions in fact lead to failure, or can such regimes enjoy long periods of stability, economic growth and high levels of popular support? What are the patterns of institutional change in the region, both revolutionary and evolutionary? How can bad habits be broken, and how to protect inclusive institutions against take-over by vested interests?
In order to apply, please fill in the attached form and return it to Kristel Vits (email@example.com) by May 23, 2017. Accepted participants are expected to submit full papers by August 10 to ensure a guaranteed place at the Training School.
The summer school is funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 691818 “Building Research Excellence in Russian and East European Studies at the Universities of Tartu, Uppsala and Kent (UPTAKE).”
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