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The Political Economy of COVID-19 – what do we learn from Emerging Europe?

Join us on Thursday 28 May 2020
13:30-15:00 (BST, London), 14:30 - 16:00 (CST)

It is often said that more authoritarian regimes can fight the virus more effectively. At the same time independent media has been emphasised as an important factor in influencing both the choice of response strategies and the reporting of official numbers for infections and deaths. The responses to the COVID-19 pandemic vary greatly across Emerging Europe. To what extent does this variation reflect the diversity of political regimes in place across the region? What do we learn about the political economy of COVID-19? What has been the role of media? How has the EU’s handling of the crisis affected politics in the region? What is the role of China? Can we say something already about how the epidemic will affect incumbent regimes? Is the pandemic going to have a lasting impact on the varieties of capitalism in Emerging Europe? 
Join Selva Demiralp, Sergei Guriev, Beata Javorcik, Kori Udovicki and Erik Berglof in this webinar discussion.

Rabah Arezki, Markus Brückner, 15 June 2012

Booming commodity prices generate large foreign currency inflows for exporting nations. This column argues that in countries with executive constraints and political competition windfalls from commodity booms lead to a significant reduction in external debt. In autocratic regimes, on the other hand, the windfalls are used to increase consumption expenditures.

Toke Aidt, Martin Gassebner, 16 December 2008

Are autocracies less integrated in the world economy than democracies? This column provides an overview of recent research on this question and argues that autocratic states trade less with the rest of the world than democracies. This may be one reason why many autocracies have failed to develop economically.


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