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Warszawa 2007


2nd Changing Europe Summer School

Crises and Conflicts in Eastern European States and Societies:

Stumbling Blocks or Stepping Stones for Democratisation?

Warsaw (Poland) 2 - 8 September 2007

Organised by the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen, together with the German Historical Institute, Warsaw and the German Association for East European Studies. Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.



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Participants and papers




Lorena Anton

University of Bucharest,
Romania / University of Bordeaux, France

Crises of memory. Pronatalism in Communist Romania and its remembering

Kenan Aslanli

Public Finance Monitoring Centre (PFMC), Baku, Azerbaijan

Effective management of high oil revenues in transition economies with rich hydrocarbon reserves: Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan

Max Bader

Department of East European Studies, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Social and regional cleavages as an impediment to party system consolidation in Georgia and Ukraine

Franziska Blomberg

European-University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder), Germany

Bosnia-Herzegovina: The important role of youth-work within a strategy for successful multi-track democratic consolidation

Michael Bobick

Cornell University , USA

Sovereignty and the Paradox of Statehood: Moldova and Transnistria

Cristina Bucur

Faculty of Political Science "Roberto Ruffilli", University of Bologna, Italy

Polish and Romanian Semi-Presidentialism: A Comparative Analysis of Post-Communist Regime Change

Alexander Danzer

German Institute for Economic Research, Berlin, Germany

Good bye Lenin. Ethnisized symbolic landscapes as a constraint to nation-building in transition

Lili di Puppo

European Viadrina University (Frankfurt/Oder), Germany

International and national approaches to the fight against corruption in Georgia. Different methods, different objectives?

Klea Faniko

Institut des Sciences Sociales et Pédagogiques, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland

Affirmative Action Plans that Assist Women's Mobility in Albania. The Paradox of Education

Gabor Halmai

Central European University , Hungary / Visiting Scholar - UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil

The swamps of neo-liberal hegemony. Polgári Körök in 'transitional' Hungary

Tatiana Karabchuk

Centre for Labour Market Studies at the State University - Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Non-standard Employment in Russia: gender aspects and wages

Elina Karakulova

Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Kyrgyzstan

Multiethnicity in the Kyrgyzstan's 'Tulip Revolution'

Amelie Kutter

European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany and Institute for Advanced Studies at Lancaster University, UK

Re-drawing the boundaries of the demos: the construction of national belonging in face of transition and European intergration in Polish public discourse 1989/90 and 2003

Ksenia Limanskaya

Saint-Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts, Russia

Child abuse as a social problem in Russia

Inna Melnykovska

Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Sciences, Berlin, Germany

Coloured Revolution or Soft Authoritarianism. Institutional Change in the Ukraine and Russia 1998-2005. The Nexus Between Politics and Economy

Karol Mojkowski

Warsaw University, Poland

Social Capital: "Stumbling Block or Stepping Stone for Democratisation". Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic States in the Comparative Perspective

Rafael Mrowczynski

Research Centre for East European Studies, Bremen / Institute of Sociology, University of Hannover, Germany

Middle Classes in post-socialist Russia and Poland: Emergence or Decline?

Maja Nenadovic

University of Amsterdam , Netherlands

The impact of semi-sovereignity on Bosnia and Herzegovina's democratisation process

Damiana Gabriela Otoiu

Bucharest University & Université Libre de Bruxelles, Romania/Belgium

"They restored the Palace of Justice, but not justice itself" : The restitution/ redistribution of property in postcommunist Romania

Wolfram Pergler

PhD Candidate at the University of Vienna, Lecturer at the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems and St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Austria

Civil Society at War. The Development of Working Conditions of Russian NGOs Engaged in Chechnya from 1994 to 2006

Sigrid Rand

J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Post-communist transformations revisited: ideal types of socio-
economic transformation strategies in post-communist countries of
Central and Eastern Europe

Robert Sata

Department of Political Science, Central European University, Hungary

The Quadric Model of Ethnic Relations: The Hungarian Minorities in Slovakia and Romania

Volha Vysotskaya

Bremen Graduate School of Social Sciences, Germany

Migration Plans and Return Intentions of the Highly Skilled Migrants From Eastern Europe to Germany

Olha Yarova

American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The Migration of Ukrainian Women to Italy and the Impact on Their Family in Ukraine

additional papers:

Anders Blomqvist (Södertörn University College, Baltic and East European Graduate School, Sweden)

Ethnic division and national narratives among Romanians and Hungarians in Satu Mare / Szatmárnémeti


Birgit Hofmann (Postgraduate School "Overcoming Dictatorships", Department of Contemporary History, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany)

"Don't you talk with communists": Instrumentalization of the communist past in Czech Republic's political crises in 2005/ 2006


Veronika Pasynkova (European University at St. Petersburg, Russia):

Labour and Politics in Post-Communist Europe: Do Trade Unions Matter?


Ancuta Popa (West University of Timisoara, Romania):

A comparative analysis of monetary policy in Central and Eastern European Countries


Evgeny Troitskiy (Tomsk State University , Russia):

The European Union, Russia and the Conflict in Transnistria: Collision of Policies and Prospects for Cooperation


Annie Verderosa (Free University Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin, Potsdam University):

Post-Postcommunist Authoritarianism: Prospects for Democratic Consolidation



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