Eastern European Historiography primarily suffers from a lack of common methodologies and a tendency to publish only in the local languages. The purpose of the Eastern European Economic History Hub is to facilitate the debate on the economic development of (broadly defined) Eastern Europe by promoting novel methodological advancements and connecting peers writing about the region from the ‘Eastern’ and ‘Western’ perspectives.
The Hub intends to cater for these needs by providing:
REPORT “State and economic freedom. Theory and practice of transition”
The aim of this report is to present and evaluate the changes which have taken place in institutions of 28 transition countries after 1989. Institutions are here understood as formal rules, including procedural and regulatory institutional solutions determining the economic and political structure of a country. Bearing this in mind, the report provides an analysis of the political system (democracy or dictatorship) and the efficiency of the state institutions, i.e. whether they ensure economic freedom and good governance. Also institutional solutions created by states were analysed, with focus on two areas particularly important for the economy: the labour market and the banking sector.
Welcomed topics: - methodological analysis of the transition processes; - transition from central planning to capitalism: early stage transition crisis, inflation, economic policy, convergence; - big transition with intermediate steps: from feudalism through socialism to capitalism; - demographic transitions.
Deadline for paper submission: 30 June 2014; Notification of the first review: 31 July; Submission of the revised papers: 31 August; Notification of the re-review: 30 September; Deadline for the minor revision: 15 October; Final notification: 20 October; Submission of the final version: 15 November; Expected publication date: Late Autumn/Early Winter 2014.