Dependent Development: the case of Central Eastern Europe

We would like to cordially invite you to a seminar "Dependent Development: the case of Central Eastern Europe" which is part of our new series Advances in International Studies. Joachim Becker will discuss the economy of Central Eastern Europe and its development patterns using the dependency approach.

29. 3. 2022 (16:00)

Jazyk: English Institute of International Relations (Nerudova 257/3, Malá Strana, 118 00 Praha 1)

Central Eastern Europe has been integrated into the European Union in a subordinate way. The dependency approach provides a framework for analyzing development patterns in the context of these asymmetrical international relations. Joachim Becker will discuss an updated conceptualization of this approach to show how it allows to investigate key economic and political questions pertinent to the dependent development of countries such as Czechia, Poland, or Slovakia: Why is Central Eastern Europe still catching up with European core economies? What is the role of the EU and the region´s state in this reproduction of dependent development? And is there a link between such asymmetrical economic relations and the political rise of nationalist tendencies and forces across the region?

Joachim Becker is a Professor and Deputy Head of the Institute of International Economics and Development, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. Among other areas, his research focuses on the dependent economic development, integration and disintegration processes, and the rise of nationalist right in Central and Eastern Europe. He is also an Editor of the social science journal Kurswechsel and a regular commentator for Slovak daily Pravda.


This seminar is part of Advances in International Studies is the IIR's flagship series of academic talks. We invite both established and emerging scholars who make a novel or unfamiliar contributions to our understanding of global politics. Each session will consist of an introductory talk and will be followed by an open discussion in a seminar setting.

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