PERG Events

In addition to its weekly seminars and research activities, PERG also organises regular public events in order to reach out to the wider CEU and international community. Below is a list of public events - lectures, workshops and conferences - organised or co-organised by PERG over the last years.


Herman Schwartz on the consequences of the FED's Large Scale Asset Purchasing Program on the Global Economy

Budapest, May 12. - 2015

Daniel Stegmueller visit

Budapest, May 11. - 2015

Bayesian Statistics Workshop

Public Lecture: Rationalization of Ideological Group Members

PERG Doctoral Workshop

Budapest April 20.-21. 2015

This year's Political Economy Doctoral Workshop was merged with the 10th Annual Doctoral Conference

Summary and photos will be uploaded soon

Mark Hallerberg's talk:

Summary by Alfredo Sanchez (PhD Prob. Cand. in Political Economy)

Democracies and autocracies are both susceptible to banking crises; however, are there differences in the fiscal costs of dealing with them? In a seminal paper, Philip Keefer (2007) contends that after a crisis, more electorally competitive countries make less fiscal transfers to the financial industry and act more rapidly than autocracies.  By using and updated database taken from Laeven and Valencia (2012), Hallerberg and Gandrud find that there is no evidence to support and association between fiscal costs of responding to financial crises and electoral competitiveness. The discrepancy of results is attributed to possible measurement errors in the original Keefer (2007) dataset, which included ongoing crises whose costs had not become fully evident. The paper concludes with a broad methodological lesson for students of the political economy of financial crises: contingent liabilities may distort data on the overall fiscal costs of crisis response and the question of whether this is attributable to ex professo obfuscation of data to accommodate for electoral cycles remains.

Keefer, Philip. 2007.\Elections, Special Interests, and Financial Crisis." International Organization 61(3):607-641.

Laeven, Luc and Fabian Valencia. 2012.\Systemic Banking Crises Database: An Update ." IMF Working Paper (WP/12/163).


Zbigniew Truchlewski and Sanja Hajdinjak's introduction workshop on (1) panel data and (2) time series analysis

AY 2014/2015





Tomasz Inglot's lecture 

(Wednesday 8.4 - 15.30 Oktober 6 utca 7 #102, CEU)

Path-Dependence Reconsidered: Toward a  New Comparative Historical Approach to the Study of Continuity and Change in Central European Welfare States and Beyond – PERG lecture by T. Inglot, University of Minnesota

by Delcea Sergiu, Political Economy Track probationary PhD candidate

Is path-dependency in welfare state studies at a stalemate or are recent attempts to infuse new dynamism (as Thelen 2014 also tries) improving the approach? Inglot’s new research agenda, albeit at a somewhat early stage of development, argues strongly for the latter by adding interesting research directions – breaking down aggregated inquiries to the level of individual benefits like pensions and health-care (or mini-clusters of benefits rather than the umbrella-term “welfare state”), bringing in agency, re-assessing timing and striving for a “core”-“periphery” cross-study.

Building on his well-known concept of “emergency welfare states”, Inglot argues that agency, one of the main criticisms aimed at historical institutionalism and path-dependence, can be addressed by acknowledging that unsettled times are conducive to elite agency. Thus formative, path-starting (or path-breaking) social policy design choices should be re-contextualized - while structures and legacies do matter (although structure itself might not necessarily be as static as previously ascertained), elites can, above and beyond providing safety nets to exogenously given at risk citizens, proactively shape the socio-economic arena by redistributing configurations of losers and winners. Hinting at policy learning, albeit in a diffused understanding, Inglot suggests that East-West comparisons might unearth how such redistributions were conceived. At the same time this process not only occurs in a very specific historical context (i.e. time), but also has its own sequencing – duration, speed of implementation and of effects, reversals and so on. Path-dependence must therefore operate with a flexible understanding of timing.

Granted, Inglot’s dialogue with path-dependency critics as well as with those trying to improve the approach (i.e. formalized path-dependence authors) is still in somewhat unclear waters. Notwithstanding, this new research agenda (and if nothing else Inglot’s forthcoming co-authored book on family policy in Central and Eastern Europe) seems to offer promising avenues for overcoming the present stalemate in seeing CEE welfare states as overarching “hybrid regimes”.  
















Zdenek Kudrna's talk on Global Exits from EU's Joint Decision Traps 

(Wednesday 24.3 - 13.00 Senate Room, CEU)








PERG guest lecture: Goodbye to the Welfare State? The Social Policy of Órban Government in Hungary between 2010-2014

by Dorottya Szikra  (Eötvös Loránd University and Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest)

February 25. 2015

Summary written by MA Political Science student Veronika Vighova. Photos by Stefan Roch

On Wednesday, February 25th, a guest PERG lecture by Dorottya Szikra was held on the topic of reforms made by the Orbán government between 2010 and 2014. What significantly changed is the checks and balances and the fundamental law that went trough five modifications.  These changes also significantly affect the social policy. Szikra examined in her lecture three aspects of social policy that were reformed by Orbán‘s government and how these changes affect the welfare state. First, there was the reform of the pension system which is according to Szikra only a short-term solution based on ad hoc decisions. Second, the unemployment benefits were also very notably changed by the Orbán government. The introduction of public works is a measure that is without precedent in the modern welfare states. It is accompanied with cutting the social insurance as well as the social assistance. Finally, Szikra also spoke about the changes in family policies that are greatly affected by ideology and therefore focus on better-off families. That, however, leaves the low-income families with decreased benefits and can certainly contribute to the rising child poverty. After the lecture there was also space for questions from the audience that were mostly concerning the reaction of the public to the reforms, and the possibility for change in the future. The reforms made by the Orbán government clearly divert from the reforms introduced in other countries in the aftermath of the crisis and there are little positive prospects for future change.





PERG guest lecture: Patient Charges and Health Care Governance in Europe

January 20. - 2015

presented by Wim Groot (Maastricht University)

Health care is the number one rising social expenditure in most European countries. Changing demographics, increases in life expectancy and technological advancements, have pushed many governments to seek reforms and new financing techniques. The way they are set up affects not only patients' health but also their livelihood, depending on how much they are requested to contribute out of pocket. For this reason, the issue of patient charges in health care is one of growing importance in Europe.

Professor Wim Groot of Maastricht University, together with his colleagues, sought to understand the efficiency, equity and quality effects of patient charges. His focus on Central and Eastern Europe is especially important, as his data show CEE countries to have the highest share of out of pocket payments of total health expenditure, among European countries. Moreover, they are the most affected by informal, "under-the-table" payments to physicians. Given their higher poverty rate and lower levels of development, these countries' citizens are particularly negatively affected by these practices.

Given that his data show very negative attitudes towards informal payments among CEE citizens, Prof. Groot examines what drives their willingness to pay. While general insecurity about services, low pay of physicians, and low levels of governance are likely causes, on a micro level, he finds that information on willingness to pay is very important. He shows that physicians generally have less information on patients' willingness to pay than they do on physicians minimum expectation of payment. This is important as he finds that where doctors have more information, such as rural areas, they charge more.

Besides undermining health policy, affecting resource allocation and quality improvements, informal payments also obstruct access. Prof. Groot shows how up to 40% of patients in countries such as Ukraine need to borrow money or sell assets, in order to cover hospital service payments. Issues such as these require more research into finding solutions to fund health care that are more equitable and efficient.

Power point slides here

(summary by Alexandru Moise)


PERG guest lecture: Varieties of Liberalization - the New Politics of Social Solidarity

December 19. - 2014

presented by Kathleen Thelen (MIT)

(summary will be published soon)


Roundtable discussion: State Capacity Building in Europe

October 29. 2014

presented by ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre:

 Kenneth Dyson (Prof. of Politics, Cardiff University, UK)

„The Political Economy of Sub-National Governance“

Nicholas Griffin (PhD student, Cardiff University, UK)

„The Challenge of Building State Capacity in Ukraine“

Alistair Cole (Prof. of European Politics, Cardiff Univ., UK, Collegium de Lyon, France)

„Sub-State Capacity BuildingConfronted by Economic Crisis; Convergence and Divergence in West European Regions“

Discussant: Béla Greskovits (Prof. Dep. of IRES and Dep. of Pol. Sci., CEU)


(Many thanks to Stefan Roch for the photos)





PERG Opening Guest Lecture  October 2014: The Power of Inaction - Bank Bailouts in Comparison

October 17 - 2014

presented by Cornelia Woll (Sciences Po, Paris)

The Political Economy of Bank Bailouts

Debates on bank bailouts have long been dominated and formed by economic theories. In particular, the problem with moral hazard and high systemic risk (too big to fail) are repeating explanatory factors on why governments choose or constrain bail outs. However, by comparing bank bailouts across sets of similar cases such as Ireland-Denmark, Germany-France and UK-US, economic theory comes short in explaining the varieties of the bailout schemes across these countries. Contrary to what the traditional analytical framework of economic theory offers, varieties of government intervention as well as collective capability of financial industry are crucial in explaining these varieties. Prof. Cornelia Woll seeks to contribute to the debate by focusing on the nature of business-government relationships in a variety of countries. The crucial question on bank bailouts is not why the government saved their banks but why the banks held back in saving each other. During the crisis, the governments gathered the industry confronting them with the need for action and demands on proposals on how to rescue the economy. What did the banking sector do? How did they interact with the government? The comparison across countries helps us to evaluate the autonomy of the government vis-à-vis their financial sector, or inversely, the influence the industry has on government choices during crisis management. From a political economy perspective Prof. Woll argues that structural power alone and lobbying do not adequately explain the interactions during bailouts – governments bailed out though in countries with low levels of lobbying. The main argument is that exercise of power should not be measured on the action capacity of financial industry but rather the incapacity to act. This is an important insight considering that the financial industry wanted to avoid collapse, hence interest in action. Further, if there is lack of interest and support, it constitutes as an exercise of power; the power of collective inaction. Incapacity of action during a moment of crisis is a strong indicator of a biased government-business relation and exercise of power.

by R. Angeles


Watch the video of the lecture here



many thanks to Doro Bohle for the photos!


PERG Annual Political Economy Doctoral Workshop

April 2014

co-organized with the CEU Annual Doctoral conference

merged program with the Annual Doctoral conference here




PERG Public Lecture


May 14th 2012 'Hegemony without stability: the fiscal and political vulnerabilities of Monetary Union'

Profs. Waltraud Schelkle, London School of Economics and Deborah Mabbett, Birkbeck College of the University of London

This was the Closing Lecture of a very active and diverse year for PERG. The lecture started from the empirical puzzle of why the two rescue packages for Hungary and Greece were so different in design and outcome. The lecturers focused on the political economy of conditionality. The IMF-led program for Hungary had a limited purpose, namely post-hegemonic stabilisation of financial markets. In Greece, the EU-led program tried to impose political preferences for modernisation and good governance on the country but did not provide the resources for hegemonic stabilization. Waltraud and Deborah concluded that if member states are not willing to provide these resources, the EU must adapt to its post-hegemonic reality, which means slowing down financial integration to safeguard the political project. With this lecture, PERG concluded the academic year as it started it, by focusing on the political economy of the crisis of the Eurozone and Europe, thereby provide CEU's audience with useful tools to understand what is happening on the old continent.

Watch the lecture here


PERG Public Lecture

May 7th 2012 'Quiet Politics and Business Power'

Prof. Pepper Culpepper, EUI

Prof. Culpepper analyzed the relationship between business interest groups and politics in a talk entitle "Quiet Politics and Business Power". Pepper asked the following questions: Does democracy control business, or does business control democracy? To answer them, Pepper studied how companies are bought and sold in four countries – France, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands – and by examining variation in the rules of corporate control – specifically, whether hostile takeovers are allowed. Takeovers have high political stakes: they result in corporate reorganizations, layoffs and the unravelling of compromises between workers and managers. But, as Pepper underlined, the public rarely pays attention to issues of corporate control. As a result, political parties and legislatures are largely absent from this domain. Instead, organized managers get to make the rules, quietly drawing on their superior lobbying capacity and the deference of legislators. Hence, as Pepper noted, these tools, not campaign donations, are the true founts of managerial political influence. Pepper's lecture gave useful insights into the workings of capitalist democracies from the point of view of corporate governance.

Watch the lecture here


PERG Public Lecture

March 12th 2012  'How "Mobilities" are Restructuring the Rural-Urban Periphery'

Prof. David Brown, Cornell University 

In this presentation David Brown developed a conceptual framework for examining the changing social organization of the urban-rural periphery as a political economy space. This conceptualization is based on the idea that “mobilities” structure urban-rural space. Prof. Brown hypothesized that new mobilities are capable of shifting the urban-rural balance of power. Prof. Brown illustrated the usefulness of this framework through four case studies of rural-urban mobility: (a) the “cooperative countryside” where power becomes more symmetrical (Local food and counter-urbanization); (b) the “contested countryside” where power becomes more asymmetrical (Gas drilling and waste management).


PERG Public Lecture

March 5th 2012 'Production Goes Global, Standards Stay Local: Private Labor Regulation in the Global Electronics Industry'


Timea Pal, Massachusetts of Technology (MIT)

A presentation of the results of a collective project in the MIT with Richard Locke, Greg Distelhorst, and Hiram Samel. The project analyses subcontracted relationships in globalized production networks, which are claimed to depress labor standards in developing countries. These concerns have led to the emergence of private voluntary initiatives aimed at regulating labor and environmental practices in international supply chains. Timea studied the effectiveness of the latter through the case study of Hewlett Packard’s (HP) supply chain compliance program through quantitative and qualitative analysis of audit records, interviews with managers at both HP and its suppliers, and field research at production facilities located in seven countries. Timea and her collaborators found that HP’s program produced improvements in many areas but that the national context of governance remains the strongest predictor of improved working conditions in the supply chain. Timea underlined that contrary to prevailing assumptions about globalization and labor standards, power disparities in subcontracting can actually incentivize better labor practices in suppliers.


PERG Public Lecture

January 30th 2012 'Economic Crisis, Blame and Policy Preferences Evidence from a Survey Experiment'   


Dr. José Fernandez-Albertos, Institute for Policies and Public Goods, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid

Who do citizens blame for the recent European economic crisis? José reviewed theories about blame attribution with respect to the economic crisis. Bearing on empirical evidence from a survey experiment using different framings of the crisis, José argued that blame for the crisis is partially conditioned by partisan bias and framings of the crisis as being related to globalization. José put forward the following findings: (1) blame for who is responsible for the economic crisis is greatly affected by partisanship; (2) making globalization as a cause of the crisis salient exonerates the government of blame, but only for co-partisans of the government; (3) citizens are willing to blame other globalization-related factors for the crisis, in particular, European governments and foreign investors and blame the domestic government less.

PERG Public Lecture

January 23rd 2012 'Slovak Governance Institute Being and becoming low-skilled: 'A comprehensive approach to studying the low-skilled'

Dr. Lucia Kurekova, Slovak Governance Institute, Bratislava

Dr Kurekova presented a study on the low skilled which re-conceptualizes their place in the labor market. Lucia focused on the sources and processes of being and of becoming low-skilled by reviewing macro-structural external processes underlying changes in labor supply and labor demand and their demonstration at the micro-level. By doing so, Lucia showed that a broader conceptualization and measurement of the low-skilled can better reveal the variety of causes of low-skillness and in turn allow designing better-suited policies for the integration of the low-skilled into the labor market and society.

PERG Public Lecture

January 16th 2012 'Rating Agencies'

Dr. Zsofia Barta, Max Weber Fellow EUI

Discussed the politics of rating agencies (a day after France sovereign was downgraded!). Zsofia investigated the determinants of ratings. Zsofia drew on a quantitative analysis of rating scores as well as on a qualitative analysis of documents made publicly available by the “big three”. Zsofia then showed that on the one hand, the three agencies display quite considerable differences in the way they assess the creditworthiness of countries. On the other hand, Zsofia showed that the policy analysis involved in evaluating a country’s future ability and willingness to honor its obligations is inevitably intricately interwoven with political considerations.




PERG Public Lecture

December 5th, 2011 'The Uncertain Future of Slovenian Exceptionalism'

Dr. Igor Guardiancich, University of Michigan 

Dr Guardiancich discussed the case of Slovenian exceptionalism. Slovenia is usually characterized as a social-democratic neo-corporatist exception in CEE due to a combination of highly consensual democratic institutions, low party polarization, strong social partners, and developed social dialogue. However, the situation, since the fall of the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia (LDS), which governed in 1992–2004, seems to be swiftly changing. Polarization has increased, union legitimacy declined, and social dialogue— especially in the aftermath of the 2007–2009 financial crisis—has all but collapsed.


PERG Public Lecture


October 13th 2011

Prof. Niamh Hardiman, UCD, Dublin

Prof. Hardiman launched the PERG season with an Opening Lecture focused on the new politics of austerity on Europe's periphery (Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Greece). In her lecture, Prof. Hardiman analysed the determinants to the fiscal responses to the crisis and proposed a typology of these responses, varying between orthodox and heterodox, spending-based and tax-based. Focusing on two cases, Ireland and Spain, Prof. Hardiman showed how the fiscal strategies of the two countries changed as the crises unfolded.



PERG Public Lecture

February 28, 2011

Prof. Uwe Becker, Universiteit van Amsterdam: How to Comparatively Map Changing Varieties of Capitalism in Emerging Economies?

An elementary  aspect of understanding capitalist varieties is the ability comparatively to map them and their change. How do we have to do this, with respect to advanced political economies as well as to emerging ones such as the BRICs? What is the appropriate typology for this work, one that is particularly suitable to illustrate institutional change? The lecture calls for a Weberian typology to rigorously distinguish between ideal types and empirical cases, and proposes a typology constructed on the basis of state/economy and capital/labour relationships

Lecture slides

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PERG Public Lecture

December 9, 2010

Prof. Richard Hyman, LSE: Trade Union, Politics and Parties: Is a New Configuration Possible?

Trade unions are not merely economic (or ‘industrial relations’) actors: they are necessarily protagonists in the political arena. Regulating the labour market is a question of power resources. Yet if unions are inescapably both economic and political actors, the relationship between the two roles is complex and contradictory, and the priority assigned to each varies across countries and over time. The lecture offers and analysis of different patterns with reference to ten west European countries, pointing to some of the ideational and practical reasons why unions must explicitly redefine their political identities.

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PERG Public Lecture

December 1, 2010

Prof. Zhou Hong and Prof. Chen Xi: China-EU Relations in the Financial Crisis

Prof. Zhou Hong is the Director of the Institute of European Studies and Chair of the Chinese Association of European Studies, Vice President of the Chinese Association for International Relations and Vice President of the Board of China Reform Forum and Special Adviser to the Chinese Ministry of Personnel and Social Security. Her field of specialization is contemporary European history, foreign aid and sino-European relations.

Professor Chen Xin is the Director of the Economic Division of the Institute of European Studies, his field of specialization is in European economy, China-EU trade, transition economy and social security.

Lecture slides

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PERG Public Lecture

November 24, 2010

Prof. Don Kalb: Financialised Capitalism Soviet Style? Varieties of State Capture and Crisis

The lecture was based on the recent article “Financialised Capitalism Soviet Style? Varieties of State Capture and Crisis,” by Oane Visser and Don Kalb. Looking for new ways to interpret the failings of the neo-liberal economy, this article argues that financialised capitalism at the eve of the 2008 financial crisis showed striking analogies with the characteristic combination of oligopoly and informality of the Soviet economy at the eve of its collapse: state capture by oligopolists, a large "virtual economy", the inability of agencies to obtain insight into economic and financial operations, the short term orientations of managers not coinciding with enterprise viability, and a "mystification of risk" by high science.

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PERG Public Lecture

October 22, 2010

Prof. Klaus F. Zimmermann: Ethnic Diversity in European Labour Markets: Challenges and Solutions

The lecture was based on a forthcoming book Ethnic Diversity in European Labour Markets: Challenges and Solutions (Edward Elgar, 2011, co-edited with Martin Kahanec), dealing with highly topical questions such as: Does ethnic diversity in European labour markets lead to poor socio-economic outcomes for some ethnic groups in the face of fierce competition for jobs and welfare? Or can labour immigration and improved integration rather provide a solution to the challenges posed by shrinking population, aging workforce, skill shortages and other bottlenecks that constrain the innovative potential of EU?

After Prof. Zimmermann's lecture, Marting Kahanec (CEU DPP) spoke about the key policy challenges and what policymakers can do to nurture and encourage the benefits of ethnic diversity in EU

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PERG Launch Lecture 2010

October 14, 2010

Prof. Herman Schwartz: The Global Financial Crisis: Origins, Responses, Prognosis

Herman Schwartz (PhD, Cornell University) is a professor at the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics of the University of Virginia. He is the author of many influential and highly relevant books in the field of political economy, including States vs. Markets: The Emergence of the Global Economy which just appeared in its third edition and In the Dominions of Debt: Historical Perspectives on Dependent Development. Recently he published Subprime Nation: American Power, Global Finance and the Housing Bubble. He is also co-editor of several books, including most recently The Politics of Housing Booms and Busts.

Lecture slides.

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2nd Transnational Capitalism Workshop 

Budapest, May 27-28 2010

After a great experience in Florence last year, PERG hosted the second Transnational Capitalism Workshop this year in Budapest. Our colleagues from EUI, LSE and Oxford joined us for three days of intensive discussions of very interesting projects in the field of Political Economy, and once again we found the initiative to be highly inspiring and helpful to the PhD students to advance their work. The next workshop should take place next year in Cologne, and we certainly hope to turn this event into a lasting tradition.

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Here you can find the programme, list of presenters, papers and other workshop-related materials



PERG Public Lecture

April 1st, 2010

Prof. Roman Frydman: Financial Markets and the State. Long Swings, Risk, and Scope of Regulation.

Roman Frydman is a professor at the New York University and one of the pioneers of Imperfect Knowledge Economics. The lecture was organised in cooperation with the CEU Department of Economics








PERG Public Lecture

December 2nd, 2009

Miroslav Beblavy: Social spending, inequality and poverty in the new member states - does size matter?

Prof. Beblavy is the former State Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of Slovakia, currently teaching at the Public Policy Institute of the Comenius University in Bratislava. The presentation focused on the differences between the new and old EU member states with regard to social policies and ways in which the structure of their welfare policies impacts their ability to fight poverty and inequality.

Comments by: Kristin Nickel

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PERG Launch Lecture 2009

October 7th 2009   

PERG was successfully launched in

2009/2010 academic year with a lecture by

Prof. Bela Greskovits

Varieties of Capitalism and Capitalism Tout Court

(co-authored with Dorothee Bohle).

Comments by:

Kristin Nickel and Anil Duman.

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Transnational Capitalism Workshop

29-30th May 2009, EUI, Florence

Students and faculty from Max Planck (Cologne), European University Institute (Florence) and CEU met at the Transnational Capitalism Workshop in Florence, which proved to be a very productive event for advancing our research projects and exchanging ideas among PhD students from different institutions, and we hope to see it continued next year in Budapest!

Many thanks to the CEU Student Union and DISC for helping us to cover our travel costs, and to Prof. Laszlo Bruszt (EUI) who hosted the workshop

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PERG public lecture

April 29th 2009

Dr. Alex Minea presents on Financial development, institutional quality and maximizing growth trade-offs in government finance. The event was organised in cooperation with Department of Economics

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March 20th 2009

The GARNET Network of Excellence on "Global Governance, Regionalisation and Regulation: The Role of the EU" organised a roundtable discussion on The Global Credit Crisis and the Politics of Financial Reform. Vera Asenova (IRES) participated in the event on behalf of PERG.

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PERG public lecture

March 18th 2009

Dr. Markus Wien presents on Political Economic Culture in Interwar Bulgaria. The event was co-organised with DISC

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PERG Roundtable on Financial Crisis

November 4th 2008, CEU

PERG invited a number of CEU professors and outside experts to discuss the causes and consequences of the 2008 financial crisis and outline lessons for theory and policy. Discussion Chair: Julius Horvath (IRES/ECON), Participants: Laszlo Csaba (IRES), Bob Hancke (POLSCI/IRES and LSE), Don Kalb (SOC.AN), Ugo Pagano (ECON), Gyorgy Szapary (ECON))

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PERG Launch Lecture 2008

September 24th 2008

PERG starts the 2008/2009 academic year with a lecture by Prof. Richard Hyman (LSE): Trade Unions and Globalization: In Search of Strategy and Solidarity.

Comments by:

Magda Bernaciak and Gergo Medve-Balint

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