On March 30, 2021, Dorothee Bohle spoke with us about "Capitalist Transformations in East Central Europe Since the Great Recession: What do We Know? What Have We Missed?"

Bohle is Professor and Chair in Social and Political Change in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute, Florence.


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This presentation asked three related questions:

  • If neoliberalism has implied the retreat of the state from economic roles, does the recent return of the state in the economy herald the end of neoliberalism?
  • Is there a causal rather than incidental relationship between transforming capitalism and the turn to authoritarian politics?
  • How do we make sense of right-wing governments' double attack on liberalism as a force of eocnomic dispossession, and simultaneously, as an advocate of political emancipation of women, ethnic and sexual minorities, and migrants?