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International workshop

International Workshop Imagining Development: Comparing Theory and Practice of Development in the Post-Socialist World

Institute of Political Science and Governance, Tallinn University, Estonia
8-9 November 2013

Workshop programme (pdf, 142 KiB)

Call for papers
More information (pdf, 259 KiB)


Composition of the workshop

Young scholars section: PhD students and recent PhD graduates will have an opportunity to present their research and get feedback from senior scholars.

Networking section: Participants will have the chance to present  their research briefly and meet with other scholars from a wide array of universities. In addition to the project partners, we will invite scholars from two more networks Tallinn University is coordinating as well as from other major European universities.

Focus of the workshop

The workshop will explore the ways in which development (be it local or national, political or social) has been conceived, implemented and applied to different political, economic and geopolitical realities in post-socialist states as well as the responses that these implementations have generated across the region. 

Guiding research questions

  • What are the main features of development policies conceived in the past 20 years in and towards the post-socialist region? What have been their main achievements and limits?
  • What have been the effects of development policies conceived at the national and international level on the different segments of a society or a given local territory? Whilst policies may be regulated in details, and their rules can be found in official documents, little is known about the extent and the ways in which those instructions are renegotiated and alternatives channels of distribution are created in cases where formal and informal rules do not overlap.
  • What are the new interactions being created and what is the relationship with traditional spaces of economic development policies? Often failure to deliver the expected results is ascribed to the wrong measures adopted or the result of incompetence (or corruption). Those two interpretations fail to consider the case when such irregularities persist in time and bring different results but not necessarily worse than the ones envisaged when conceived given policies or actions.

Technical details

There is no registration fee; we are unable to cover travel costs but we will provide accommodation and food for selected speakers (8-10 November).

Deadline for submission of abstracts (with a short bio) is September 25, 2013. Send everything to Emilia Pawlusz emilia.pawlusz....at....gmail.com (cc to Abel Polese at ap....at....tlu.ee )

There will be participants from the project partners but the workshop is also intended to be a networking event. Therefore, we would be happy to hear from scholars outside the network who would like to present their research and to network with the prospect of a follow-up project in the coming years.

NB: If you are interested in the workshop, but didn't learn about the event in time to meet the deadline, there is a chance that we can still accept 1-2 late abstracts. Please note that we cannot guarantee accommodation for latecomers or non-speaking attendants.