Freitag, 16. Mai 2014, 09:00 - 18:00 iCal

Autocracy and Market Economy

The Transformation in Eastern Europe and East Asia in Comparison

Hörsaal, Institut für Osteuropäische Geschichte
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 3 (Campus der Universität Wien), 1090 Wien

Tagung, Konferenz, Kongress, Symposium

Weitere Termine

Samstag, 17. Mai 2014, 09:00 - 13:00

The relation between autocracy and market economy has puzzled scholars ever since the breakthroughs of the 1980s in China and Eastern Europe. The so called “Big Bang Model” of Eastern Europe and the gradual transformation of the PRC (the “Chinese Model”) have been contrasted both by observers from outside the regions as well as by the elites in the region. While initially, the Eastern European post-socialist path was regarded as a success story the booming economy in China later on shifted attention to East Asia. In both regions the question whether or not democracy is needed for sustainable growth is currently heavily debated.

This conference therefore aims to compare different paths of “post socialism” in East Asia and Eastern Europe. Drawing on strong traditions of research on East Asia, Eastern Europe and democracy at the University of Vienna, it brings together international experts and insights from a wide range of academic disciplines, including political sciences, sinology, history, economics, and anthropology.

With two keynote speeches and a public round table the event reaches out to the interested public.

The conference is a joint effort of the Department of Political Science, the Department of East Asian Studies and the Department of East European History at the University of Vienna. It is supported by the University’s interdisciplinary research platform „Wiener Osteuropaforum“ and the City of Vienna.

Zur Webseite der Veranstaltung


Institut für Politikwissenschaft
Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften
Institut für Osteuropäische Geschichte
Forschungsplattform Wiener Osteuropaforum


Dr. Tina Olteanu
Universität Wien
Institut für Politikwissenschaft
+43-1-4277-494 41