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University of Wroclaw

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Institute of Sociology, University of Wrocław, Wrocław Department of the Polish Sociological Association and the Sociology of Work Section of the Polish Sociological Association cordially invite all interested for a public lecture “„Contesting Neoliberalism in Visegrad: Explaining Differences in Post-socialist Economic Protest 1989-2010”.

By dr Jiří Navrátil (Department of Public Economics, Masaryk University in Brno).

Time: 27 November 2017, hour: 13:30

Place: room 234, Instytut Socjologii Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego, ul. Koszarowa 3.


Abstract: The lecture focuses on the analysis of protest on issues of economy, welfare, and social policies (“economic protest”) in four very similar national environments: the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland, the so-called Visegrad Group (V4). In many respects, these countries represent a uniform pattern of post-communist transformation, which is currently conceptualized as the embedded neoliberal regime (Bohle and Greskovits 2012). Accordingly, their pattern of collective action has thus far been captured and explained by a single narrative that starts with the quiescent 1990s (Greskovits 1998; Vanhuysse 2006) and is followed by the end to patience brought about by the current Great Recession (Kriesi 2014; Beissinger and Sasse 2014). In contrast to this perspective, the lecture analyses the variegated level of economic protest across the selected countries and the dynamics of protest within them. The lecture offers the explanation in the overall structure of the political conflict of the post-communist countries analyzed: economic protest emerges under the conditions of a suppressed economic cleavage in the field of party politics.

Dr. Jiří Navrátil focuses on the study of collective action, civic engagement and political networks. At the moment he is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, Masaryk University. He has published in Democratization, Studies in Social Justice or Social Movement Studies.