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Illiberal Democracy in Central- and Eastern Europe Business & Economics Program Spring 2022 Semester - Budapest

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Illiberal Democracy in Central- and Eastern Europe

Illiberal Democracy in Central- and Eastern Europe Course Overview


CEA Partner Institution: Corvinus University of Budapest
Location: , Hungary
Primary Subject Area: Political Science
Instruction in: English
Course Code: POL G24
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45


During the course Central-and Eastern European economic and political systems are analysed by the methodology of political economy. In the focal point of our analysis stands the relationship between the political and the economic systems of the CEE countries. Using the framework of political economy, we scrutinize the impact of EU accession of these countries on the operation, structure, development, and performance of their states. Why does populism strengthen and why do illiberal or managed democracies emerge is also a crucial question of the course. We do not only focus on explanation of the rise of illiberal states, but we also want to understand the possible impacts on the development of societies and economic systems of these countries. During the course we study Jelcin's and Putin?s Russia, Meciar's and Fico's Slovakia, Tudjman's Croatia, Illiescu's Romania, Kaczynskis' Poland and Orbán's Hungary.The students must prepare from the literature given for every week. In the seminars one group of students (max. 2-3 students per group) deepens into the topic of the week (read the compulsory paper of the given week and try to collect other relevant articles as well) and makes a 20-30 mins presentation. After the presentation the whole group -together with the professor -makes a debate on the specific topic. During the lectures I will present some of the other papers listed in this syllabus. The aim of the lectures is to broaden the knowledge of the students and show them the necessary approaches how to elaborate social questions.

Corvinus University of Budapest awards credits based on the ECTS system (2 ECTS credits equals 1 U.S. credit therefore, 6 ECTS credits is equivalent to 3 U.S. credits). At Corvinus University of Budapest, all classes meet for a minimum of 180 minutes per week. Contact hours are calculated through a combination of lecture hours and outside activities which can include (workshops, seminars, fieldwork activities, guest lectures, and independent work) therefore, contact hours may vary on syllabi.

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