Varietas delectat? On the Typology of Nascent Capitalism in Eastern Europe

16  October 2008    4:00 pm

János M. Kovács, IWM


wiiw, Rahlgasse 3, 1060 Vienna, lecture hall (entrance from the ground floor)


Is there such a thing as Estonian or Romanian capitalism two decades after the 1989 revolutions? If there is, do these capitalisms differ essentially? If they do, how do we know that? Do they also differ significantly from other types of capitalism in the 'West' and the 'South'? If there is no such thing as Estonian or Romanian capitalism yet, will these 'emerging' regimes turn into 'full' ones in the foreseeable future? Questions like these intrigue the reader in studying the comparative literature on nascent capitalisms in the region. One finds a vacuum left behind Comparative Economic Systems, which has not been filled either by post-communist studies or by most recent concepts of 'varieties of capitalism' (VoC). The presentation will explore ways of adjusting VoC to the current economic history of Eastern Europe.