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2011 Roundtable on Lessons from Post-Communism

EE money"The Economic Recession: Opportunities and Challenges in Economies in Transition"

April 8, 2011
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Research Roundtable
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Pedagogical Roundtable
IMU Stateroom East

Format | Morning Session
Afternoon Session | Co-Sponsors

See each session for participants and reading materials.


A public roundtable is featured in the morning followed by a seminar regarding the pedagogical challenges of teaching "economies in transition" in the afternoon. The roundtable focuses on a question that is circulated in advance to the roundtable panelists. Each panelist prepares a 1000-word statement in response to a brief (150-200 word) “provocation”—a statement and series of questions. This question and brief initial responses by each panelist are posted in advance, so that all who attend the roundtable are familiar with the core question and the positions of the panelists. At the morning panel, the chair will introduce the themes and questions of the panel, the participants, and will then ask two commentators to speak for 10-15 minutes, after which each panel presenter will have 10 minutes to address the questions posed by the commentator and to comment on other papers on that panel. Our practice is to designate as commentators scholars who can broaden the multidisciplinary and comparative reach of the panel rather than people who replicate the expertise of the three main panelists. After this the floor is open for discussion. In the afternoon, the focus of discussion shifts to effective pedagogies for teaching courses on topics related to the morning session. Three selected presenters will discuss three different pedagogical challenges and join with all participants in an exploration of approaches to communicating these complex issues to students in different settings (two year colleges, four year colleges, and research universities). Faculty and graduate students are invited to attend and participate informally in the discussion.


Maria Bucur-Deckard

Maria Bucur-Deckard, Professor (IU, History)

Professor Bucur-Deckard will be moderating both the research and pedagogical roundtables. Her teaching interests focus on European history in the modern period, especially social and cultural developments in Eastern Europe, with a special interest in Romania (geographically) and gender (thematically).

Morning Session

Research Roundtable: "The Economic Recession: Opportunities and Challenges in Economies in Transition"
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
IMU State Room East

East-West technology transfer: Study of Hungary, 1968-1984. Washington: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 1986.Paul Marer, Professor of Business, Central European University (Central European University, Budapest)

Paul Marer has been a professor of international business for more than 30 years. He joined the CEU Business School in 2000, after having taught at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business since 1975. He holds a PhD in International Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an honorary doctorate from Budapest University of Economic Sciences. He was appointed by three consecutive US presidents - George Bush Sr., Bill Clinton and George Bush Jr. - to serve on the board of trustees for the Hungarian-American Enterprise Fund, a $78 million fund from the US government to promote private enterprise in Hungary. He has wrote or edited 20 books and 150 articles and chapters, mainly on the changing political, economic and business situation in Hungary, the other transitioning countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and China.

The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2007.Barry J. Naughton, Professor of Chinese and International Affairs (University of California, San Diego)

Naughton is an authority on the Chinese economy, with an emphasis on issues relating to industry, trade, finance, and China's transition to a market economy. Recent research focuses on regional economic growth in the People's Republic of China and the relationship between foreign trade and investment and regional growth. He is also completing a general textbook on the Chinese economy. Recently completed projects have focused on Chinese trade and technology, in particular, the relationship between the development of the electronics industry in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and the growth of trade and investment among those economies. His book, Growing Out of the Plan: Chinese Economic Reform, 1978-1993, which was published in 1995, is a comprehensive study of China's development from a planned to a market economy that traces the distinctive strategy of transition followed by China, as well as China's superior growth performance. It received the Ohira Memorial Prize in 1996. Naughton is the author of numerous articles on the Chinese economy and is editor or co-editor of three other books: Reforming Asian Socialism: The Growth of Market Institutions, Urban Spaces in Contemporary China, and The China Circle: Economics and Technology in the PRC, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Naughton joined IR/PS in 1988 and was named to the Sokwanlok Chair in Chinese International Affairs in 1998.

Vladimir Popov, Professor (New Economic School, Moscow)

The Turning Point: Revitalizing the Soviet Economy. N.Y. Doubleday, 1989.

Vladimir Popov is currently a professor in the New Economic School in Moscow, the sector head in the Graduate School of International Business at the Academy of the National Economy in Moscow, and visiting professor at the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies in Carleton University (Ottawa). He graduated from the Economics Department of the Moscow State University in 1976 and holds PhDs (Candidate of Science, 1980; and Doctor of Science, 1990) from the Institute of the US and Canada of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. In 1996-98 he was a Senior Research Fellow in the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University (WIDER/UNU) in Helsinki, Finland, co-directing a project "Transition Strategies, Alternatives and Outcomes". From 1990-2009 he was teaching at the Academy of National Economy (Moscow); Carleton University, Queen's University and University of Toronto in Canada; Helsinki School of Economics in Finland; University of Kaiserslautern in Germany; he was doing research in Italy, Japan, Sweden, US.

Provocation and Responses


Michael Alexeev

Michael Alexeev, Professor (IU, Economics)

Professor Michael Alexeev earned his M.A. in Economics at Moscow University in 1975 and his Ph.D. in Economics at Duke University in 1984. Michael Alexeev's research and teaching interests lie mostly in the fields of comparative economics and economics of transition from a Soviet-type economy to a market economy.

Scott KennedyScott Kennedy, Associate Professor (IU, Political Science, EASC)

Professor Kennedy is a specialist on Chinese politics and political economy. His research interests include government-business relations, the policy-making process, and international regimes. He is author of The Business of Lobbying in China (Harvard University Press, 2005), which documents the growing influence of Chinese and multinational companies on China's national economic policies. He has also published articles in the China Quarterly, China Journal, Asia Policy, Political Science Quarterly, World Policy Journal, Problems of Post-Communism, and China Business Review.

Afternoon Session

Pedagogical Challenges: Teaching Economies in Transition (also open to the public)
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
IMU State Room East


Terry Simmons (Ivy Tech Community College, IUPUI, Political Science)

Dr. Terry Simmons teaches political science courses to undergraduates at both IUPUI and at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis. His PhD is in International Studies with concentrations in International Relations and Comparative Politics from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. His recent publications are: The Visionary, The Custodian and the Russian Siloviki: A Russian Renaissance (LAP 2009) and Glasnost, Perestroika and the New Thinking: Gorbachev's Reforms (LAP 2010). He is currently writing an article concerning potential Russian participation in the new Aegis ABM system being implemented by the United States and NATO and doing research for his next book on the Russian-Georgian War of 2008. He also has a graduate minor in Middle East politics and has published in this field.

Sergei Zhuk, Associate Professor (Ball State University, History)

Dr. Sergei I. Zhuk is an Associate Professor of History at Ball State University. A former Professor of American history at Dnipropetrovsk University in Ukraine, Dr. Zhuk moved to the United States in 1997, where he defended his new (now American) Ph. D. dissertation at the Johns Hopkins University in Russian history in 2002. He is the author of many works in Russian, Ukrainian and US history, including recent Russia’s Lost Reformation: Peasants and Radical Religious Sects in Southern Russia and Ukraine, 1830-1905 and Rock and Roll in the Rocket City: The West, Identity, and Ideology in Soviet Dniepropetrovsk, 1960-1985, both published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press. After 2003 Dr. Zhuk teaches Russian, Soviet, and East European History at Ball State University.

Andrew Buck, Assistant Professor (University of Southern Indiana, Sociology)

Andrew Buck is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern Indiana. He has interests in Russian society, economic sociology, political sociology and social network analysis. He has recently published articles on these topics in journals, including Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Sociological Forum, Europe-Asia Studies and Studies in Comparative International Development. He teaches courses on social movements, economic sociology and social networks that draw heavily on material from the post-communist world. Dr. Buck earned his undergraduate degree in Russian language and literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduate degrees in sociology at Cornell and Columbia Universities. He studied at Moscow State University as an exchange student in the spring of 1991 and has worked and conducted research for years in Russia since then.

Syllabi for "Pedagogical Challenges: Teaching Economies in Transition"

Terry Simmons, "Introduction to Russian Politics and Political Economy" (19.3 KB)
Sergei I. Zhuk, "Soviet and Post-Soviet History"(40.0 KB)
Andrew Buck, "Economic Sociology" (34.0 KB)

Papers for "Pedagogical Challenges"

Terry Simmons, "Introduction to Russian Politics and Political Economy in Post-Communist European Space"(46.2KB)
Andrew Buck, "Lessons from Postcommunism: Understanding Economic Development and the Shadow Economy in Russia and the CIS" (32.0 KB)


Indiana University Russian & East European Institute, Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center, East Asian Studies Center, Center for the Study of Global Change, IU Center for International Business Education & Research, Department of Economics