• Thu

    Online Conference: “The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism”, 26-27 November (IWE CERS, Hungary)

    Online Event

    On behalf of Magdolna Sass and Miklós Szanyi from the Institute of World Economics (Centre for Economic and Regional Studies), you are kindly invited to submit your papers to the 6th ‘The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism’ conference. The topic this year is ‘Emerging Market Economies – Alternative Development Paths’.

    This year, the SVOC conference will be held online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a live event remains a risky endeavor, particularly with the prospect of a potential second wave of infections this Fall, the organizers believe that the online version allows for the same kind of meaningful and substantive discussions, without it being exposed to travel and other restrictions that may be reinstated in the coming months. The exact technical details of the conference’s execution will be communicated in due time.

    Today, many countries around the globe are embarking on development paths that are fundamentally different from the well-known classic models and are shaped by historical and sociopolitical conditions unique to them. The ways these statist economic systems are organized and coordinated have recently drawn much academic interest. However, the emergence and operational logic of contemporary state capitalism still lacks a systematic exploration and explanation.

    The scope of comparative capitalism research has also been altered accordingly to include the analysis of emerging economies outside the core of the world economy, and to make intertemporal comparisons possible (such as to define and characterise historical waves of state capitalism). Still, we are convinced that to better understand the current wave of state capitalism and to explore its national varieties there is a need to critically reconsider existing approaches and methodologies, and to search for new ones, if necessary.

    Though the People’s Republic of China is often framed as the vanguard of this statist wave, the Chinese example constitutes only one of many exciting cases in which emerging market economies search their own respective paths to steady growth and sustainable development.

    From the role played by national champions in emerging markets, the heightened pressure towards active industrial and social policies, the thorny questions of economic populism to the myriad changes taking place in multilateral institutions, the conference aims to bring together scholars eager to showcase high quality research that explores emerging market economy practices and policies in empirically diverse and analytically exciting ways.

    While we encourage prospective participants to submit their papers in one of the following categories, other topics that pertain to emerging market economies are also welcome:

    •  Same goal different paths? Varieties of developmentalist experiments in emerging market economies;
    • Developmental states and social policies: historical experiences and current tendencies;
    • Emerging market multinational enterprises in East Central Europe;
    • Economic populism in emerging market economies;
    • Global value chains and changing labor division in the triad;
    • The role of national champions in the development of emerging market economies;
    • A changing global context? The effects of emerging market economies on multilateral institutions;
    • Quo vadis, Central and Eastern Europe? Modification or end of the Dependent Market Economy model?
    • Cutting edge debates in comparative capitalism research. Is the VoC framework still valid?

    Our Conference welcomes high quality contributions proposing advances in the field of theory, empirics or policy. Contributions to SVOC2020 should be related to the general theme of the conference “The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism” especially but not exclusively focusing on the topics mentioned above.

    Our keynote speakers will be:

    Professor Béla GRESKOVITS  (Central European University)

    Professor Tomasz MICKIEWICZ  (Aston University)

    Important Dates and Deadlines

    • Abstract submission: 20 September 2020
    • Notification of acceptance: 30 September 2020
    • Conference fee payment: 31 October 2020
    • Full paper submission: 15 November 2020
    • Conference: 26-27 November 2020

    Please visit the following conference pages for further information:

  • Mon

    CIFE international online colloquium: “Universal basic income: dream or reality?”, 30 November 2020 (CIFE)

    Online Event

    In the context of profound changes, the European Union is obliged to consider changes to its models of production and consumption, as well as its social model. It is in this context that the debate surrounding universal basic income or citizen’s income is reappearing. In an attempt to provide tools to help understanding and decision-making, the conference proposes to identify the issues at stake of this project, to measure its degree of feasibility and to analyse the results of the first experiments.

    Session 1
    9 – 11 am

    Universal basic income, citizen’s income or basic living stipend…:  what is it and what’s at stake? 

    • Philippe Van Parijs, Philosopher and Economist, Founder of the Basic Income European Network (BIEN, now called Basic Income “Earth” Network)
    • Jiri Svarc, Unit Director “Social Investment Strategy”, Directorate General of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), European Commission

    Session 2
    11:30 am – 1 pm

    How to make the project sustainable, especially with regards to its financing? And what would be the conditions to be able to benefit from it? 

    • Marc de Basquiat, Public Policy Advisor (StepLine), President of the Association for the Establishment of a Basic Income
      (Association pour l’Instauration d’un Revenu d’Existence) (AIRE)
    • Philippe Defeyt, Economist, Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Sustainable Development
      (Institut pour un Développement Durable) (IDD)
    • J. Scott Marcus, Senior Fellow, Bruegel

    Session 3
    2:30 – 4 pm

    Universal basic income: lessons from the first trials and perspectives

    • Guillaume Allegre, Economist at Sciences Po, Researcher at the Department of Studies of the French Economic Observatory (Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques) (OFCE)
    • Francesca  Bastagli, Director of the Programme “Equity and Social Policy”, Principal Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
    • François Denuit, Political Advisor for the MEP Philippe Lamberts, Co-President of the Greens/EFA group at the European Parliament

    Learn more here.

  • Thu

    Online Event: “Italy and the European Investment Bank”, 10 December (CERE)

    Online Event

    The Workshop “Italy and the European Investment Bank” will take place on 10 December 2020.  The Workshop aims at analysing the role and policy of the EIB in Italy. It will be hosted by the Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies of the University of Padova in cooperation with the Institute of Political Science and the Robert Schuman Initiative for European Affairs of the University of Luxembourg. The Workshop will take place remotely due to the Covid-19 measures.

    The Workshop is the second leg of the Conference “Analysing the European Investment Bank: interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the past, present and future of the world’s biggest lender”, which took place at the University of Luxembourg on 10-11 July 2019. The Conference had been attended by 25 prominent scholars from top universities in 9 EU countries and the USA, with well-known track records on European Investment Bank (EIB) research. The works presented examined the EIB from different backgrounds such as economy, history, law and political science.

    The Workshop focuses on EIB activity in Italy, as one of the bank’s founding shareholders, one of its prime beneficiary countries and a decisive contributor in the bank’s evolution from an institutional and organizational perspective. The organisation of a specific event dedicated to Italy was deemed necessary as a result of the large number of proposals received on the topic following the Call for Papers for the first Conference issued in 2018.

    The Workshop provides the opportunity for an in depth academic discussion.  The organisers will seek to publish the papers presented in Padova as a special issue of an international journal.

    Lucia Coppolaro, Associate Professor of International History, University of Padova.
    Helen Kavvadia, Researcher in Residence, Institute of Political Science, University of Luxembourg.

    Learn more here.

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