Thirty Years of Transition


Ljubo Sirc Centenary Conference
May 21-22 2020
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Abstract submission deadline: February 21st  2020
Paper submission deadline: March 20th  2020
Participation registration deadline: May 8th 2020

Faculty of Law and Business Studies at Catholic Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia is organizing a two day conference to bring together the thoughts and analyses of scholars to address the development, performance and challenges of transition economies. The aim of the conference is also to mark Ljubo Sirc’s centenary. Ljubo Sirc was one of the first scholars that was a thorough critic of state socialism deficiencies, especially in the area of investment inefficiency, lack of entrepreneurship and poor institutions.

The themes of the conference are:

Criticism of State Socialism – Still Relevant?

  • State socialism: remnants or resurrection? A comparative perspective. (transition and advanced economies; different trajectories of transition; signs of reversive transition; role of the state; populism and protectionism; environmentalism and anti-capitalism; fiscal and monetary policies;  structural reforms; property rights enforcement and the rule of law)
  • European Union: accession and integration policies. (the legal framework; decision-making rules; conditional transfers; sustainable immigration and welfare)
  • Political competition and economic institutions. (public versus private sector in health and education policies; regulation – too much, too little or bad regulation? socialist conceptions of the role of state in the democracy)

Business Environment and Corruption in Transition Economies

  • Business environment, market drivers and ethics (market frameworks; formal and informal practices; corruption; competition; digital economy; institutional upgrading; expertise and integrity of the judiciary; privacy and personal data protection; trade openness and foreign direct investment;)
  • Legacy or not (institutional traps that are not legacy of the past but have emerged from the transition process itself;  business elites and top management teams; clandestine networks; government sponsored crime; role of trade unions).

Deadlines


  • Abstracts due by:
    February 21st, 2020
  • Abstract acceptance notification:
    March 6th, 2020
  • Full papers (if applicable) due by:
    March 20th, 2020
  • Authors/presenters registration deadline on
    April 20th,2020
  • Program of the conference finalized:
    April 27th, 2020
  • Late registration for non-presenting participants only:
    May 8th 2020.

Call for Papers

We invite you to submit a paper and attend the conference.  We encourage authors to explore questions including (but not limited to):

Criticism of State Socialism – Still Relevant?

  • Political competition and economic institutions.
  • The fiscal and monetary perspective.
  • Economic performance – cross-country comparative analysis.
  • Outcomes of privatisation and property restitution.
  • Sate controlled enterprises role in the economy.
  • Regulation – too much, too little or bad regulation?
  • European Union accession and membership – stimulus or hindrance?
  • Direct and indirect impacts of EU transfers.
  • Persistence of socialist ideology in economic policy.
  • Public versus private sector in health and education policies.
  • Socialist conceptions of the role of state in the economy.
  • Socialist conceptions of the role of state in democracy.

Business Environment and Corruption in Transition Economies

  • The role of values and rhetoric on the path to market economy.
  • Management and leadership, business elites and top management teams.
  • Informal practices in the post socialist business environment.
  • The role of clandestine networks in transition
  • Privacy and personal data protection.
  • Drivers of international competitiveness.
  • Integrity, honesty and efficiency of judiciary.
  • Government sponsored crime and its impact on post-1989 reforms.
  • Trade unions in privatized firms and SOEs in ex-Yugoslav countries.
  • The impact of trade openness and foreign direct investment.

The Catholic Institute will publish the papers given at the Conference in its scientific journal Res novae.  High quality papers will be considered for publication in Post-Communist Economies. At least one author of the abstract or paper should participate on the conference and present the research within the conference programme. Conference participants are not obliged to publish their paper in the conference proceedings.

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers must not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All abstracts/papers must be submitted in English language. in pdf format. The submission has to be sent as pdf attachment by email to the main Conference email address: papers@transition.si The name of the file must consist of the family name of the first/main author and the research stream the paper belongs to (as listed in this Call –  f.i. “Kovac_The role of values and rhetoric on the path to market economy”) The following document(s)o documents should be submitted. The first document should include:

  • Title of the paper
  • Authors (name, surname, university/institution, faculty/department, postal address, city, country, telephone, email). Corresponding author should be indicated
  • Abstract (min. 100 – max. 200 words, up to 400 words is permitted for authors that intend to submit abstract only)
  • Keywords and JEL codes

The second document (for full paper authors only) should be fully anonymized and should include:

  • Title of the paper
  • Abstract (min. 100 – max. 200 words)
  • Keywords and JEL codes
  • Full paper min. 3500 – max. 8000 words, including references and tables

Abstracts due by: February 21st, 2020

Paper manuscripts due by: March 20th, 2020

Registration

  • Registration is open from 11.2019 to 8.5.2020.
  • Authors/presenters registration deadline on April 20th ,2020
  • Registration Fee: 200 EUR (120 EUR for students)

Registration fee includes access to conference sessions, presentation of the paper, review process, conference materials, refreshment (coffee breaks and lunch).

Accommodation is not included in the fee. Participants should make room reservations individually, directly to the selected hostel/hotel. Accommodation recommendations.

Participants have to arrange visa at their own. The conference organizers are not responsible for no granting a visa to a conference participant.

Registration is required for all participants attending the conference.

After the registration you will receive an invoice and all payment information to your email address provided during the registration. Payment must be done by bank transfer.

Invoices will be sent to you by email as a PDF attachment. Originals will be sent only if requested.

Invoice will be issued in EUR.

Committee

Conference Programme Committee:

  • Mirela Alpeza; (Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, J.J. Strossmayer University, Osijek & Managing Director, CEPOR – SME policy think tank, Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Anže Burger; (Associate Professor, Faculty for Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • Martina Basarac Sertić; (Research Associate, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Economic Research Division, Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Alexander Chepurenko, (Distinguished Professor, Head of the School of Sociology, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)
  • Richard Connolly; (Senior Lecturer and Co-director of the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES), University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Philip Hanson OBE; (Professor Emeritus, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham, Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House UK)
  • Silvana Malle; (Emeritus Professor, Department of Economic Science, Verona University Santa Marta, Centre for International Studies, Italy)
  • Tomasz Mickiewicz; (Professor, Aston Business School, UK)
  • John H. Moore; (President Emeritus, Grove City College, Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Svetozar Pejovich; (Professor of Economics Emeritus at Texas A&M University, Senior Research Fellow for the International Centre for Economic Research in Torino, Italy)
  • Rado Pezdir; (Senior Lecturer, International School For Social and Business Studies, Celje, Slovenia)
  • Abel Polese; (Senior Research Fellow, School of Governance, Law and Society, Tallinn University, Estonia & Senior Research Fellow, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Republic of Ireland)
  • Krassen Stanchev; (Professor, Sofia University, Bulgaria)
  • Mitja Steinbacher; (Assistant Professor, FPV – Faculty of Law and Business Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • Ružica Šimić Banović; (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Zagreb University, Croatia)
  • Vlatka Škokić, Associate Professor, University of Split, Faculty of Economics, Split, Croatia & Visiting Research Fellow, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
  • Janez Šušteršič; (Professor, International School For Social and Business Studies, Celje, Slovenia)
  • Zoran Vaupot;(Dean – FPV – Faculty of Law and Business Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • Valentina Vučković; (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Andrei Yakovlev; (Professor, Director of HSE Institute for Industrial and Market Studies, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)

Andrei Yakovlev; (Professor, Director of HSE Institute for Industrial and Market Studies, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)

Conference secretaries:

Matej Kovac and Lisl Biggs-Davison. Contact: info@transition.si.

Venue

Ljubljana is beautiful in May. The conference will be held in Faculty of Law and Business Studies premises. The conference venue is on the edge of the old city centre and all Ljubljana attractions are within walking distance.


Location: Krekov Trg 1, 1000 Ljubljana

Programme

Thursday May 21st : Criticism of State Socialism – Still Relevant?

9:45-10:15 – Registration and Refreshments

10:15-10:30 – Opening Ceremony

10:30-13:00 – Thursday morning sessions

13:00-14:30 – Lunch Break

14:30-16:00 – Thursday afternoon sessions I

16:00-16:30 – Coffee Break

16:30-18:00 – Thursday afternoon sessions II

Friday May 22nd : Business Environment and Corruption in Transition Economies

9:00-10:30 – Friday morning sessions I

10:30-10:45 – Coffee Break

10:45-12:30 – Friday morning sessions II

12:30-14:00 – Lunch Break

14:00-15:30 – Friday afternoon sessions I

15:30-15:45 – Coffee Break

15:45-17:15 –Friday afternoon sessions II

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