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On behalf of Magdolna Sass from the Institute of World Economics (Centre for Economic and Regional Studies) and László Bruszt from the Democracy Institute (Central European University), we kindly invite you to submit your papers for the 7th 'The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism' conference. The theme this year is 'The changing repertoire of state intervention to promote development in an unfolding new world order'. The SVOC conference will be organized in a hybrid form (depending on the pandemic situation) with both onsite and online sessions. Central European University in Budapest will host the event with a program encompassing two full days of exciting keynote lectures and panel discussions.

The conference will be co-financed by the research project FK 124573 supported by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDIO) of Hungary.

Entering the third decade of the twenty-first century, both the world economy and economics as a social science face important challenges that call for paradigmatic changes, maybe even for new paradigms. New trends and challenges emerging (or intensifying) globally during the past few years require the reconsideration of national development strategies to adapt to a post-crisis era from a situation in which these realities were not anticipated, let alone could anyone prepare for them. These changes have important consequences for the role states play in actively promoting development and economic growth in the twenty-first century, while also significantly shaping their internal policy responses to these new developments.

Following the global financial and economic crisis of 2008-9 and, more recently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one can observe different types of active state interventions and growing state involvement to revive economic growth and development throughout the world compared to the pre-crises period. Correspondingly, governments must act under new constraints posed (or intensified) by new challenges, which require the reconsideration of the repertoire of developmentalist policies and state interventions. This has led to a renewed interest in the analysis of the role of the state in economic growth and development in general and to a renaissance of comparative capitalism research in particular, with a special focus on the post-crisis varieties of capitalism. Furthermore, this change in the role of the state and governments have important consequences for the state of democracy and democratisation in less developed countries.

Though the following list of topics is by no means exhaustive, we encourage prospective participants to submit their empirical or theory-oriented papers in one of the following categories:

  • Enhancing the theoretical framework of Varieties of Capitalism (VoC) research
  • The (comparative) analysis of contemporary variants of state capitalism
  • Developmental states in the twenty-first century
  • Democratisation/re-democratisation and the developmental state;
  • Is there any convergence to be seen across successful development strategies in the emerging world, or "varietas delectat"?
  • Post-crisis, alternative trajectories and models of sustainable human development
  • New perspectives of post-crisis development: focusing on the social component
  • Consequences of the crisis for changes in the level of democracy/democratisation processes
  • Environmental considerations in varieties of capitalism
  • The monetary-fiscal link in state-led intervention

Our Conference welcomes high quality contributions proposing advances in the field of theory, empirics or policy. Contributions to SVOC2021 should be related to the general theme of the conference "The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism" especially but not exclusively focusing on the topics mentioned above.

Our keynote speakers will be:

Professor Elizabeth THURBON (University of New South Wales, Sidney) 

 Keynote title: Governing for Development in a Crisis-Plagued World:Can We Map a Way Forward?

Professor László BRUSZT (Central European University) 

 Keynote title: From Building a Weberian State to Creating Capacities to Manage Dependence