Call for Proposals - The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism (SVOC) conference

Call for Proposals

 The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism (SVOC)
Achievements and challenges for Central and Eastern Europe and the emerging markets

26-27 November, 2015
Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

On behalf of the Organising Committee, the Institute of World Economics of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Center for EU Enlargement Studies, Central European University we invite you to join us in beautiful Budapest, for the 1st International Conference entitled THE ROLE OF STATE IN VARIETIES OF CAPITALISM.

The primary intention of the conference is to document the extent and reach of state capitalism around the world and explore its economic implications giving a special focus to the Central and Eastern European region and the emerging markets. The Conference aims particularly at exploring new concepts of understanding the role of state within the framework of Varieties of Capitalism.

The keynote speakers will be:

  • Leading researcher on Varieties of Capitalism in Emerging Markets, Professor Andreas Nölke (Goethe University Frankfurt/Main)
  • Leading economist on Economic transformation in East-Central Europe, Professor Martin Myant (European Trade Union Institute), Senior Researcher and Head of Unit European Economic, Employment and Social Policy

The state as economic agent, regulator, developer has gained increasing attention during the last decade. The process was further accelerated during the financial and economic crisis of 2007-9. Reforms of the welfare state, direct state intervention in the form of nationalizations and other methods of crisis management, active structural policies have been some of the areas of increasing state activity. The aim of the conference is to gather information on the nature, scope and field of this activity: how state intervention may influence capitalist models.

Papers are invited from scholars of economics, political science and related disciplines. Our Conference welcomes high quality contributions proposing advances in the field of theory, empirics or policy.
Contributions to SVOC2015 should be related to the general theme of the conference “The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism” with the aim of:

1./ understanding state ownership:
- privatization and state asset management,
- changes in long-term state ownership patterns (mixed ownership),
- crisis management and the bailing out of financial institutions and other firms

2./ analysing institutional settings of capitalist models and different policy set-ups:
- comparisons of institutions and policies among the different capitalist models of Europe,
- forms of hybrid capitalism in emerging markets,
- industrial policy,
- active structural policies and supporting institutions,
- employment and job creation,
- welfare system reforms,
- corruption and state capture,
- innovation, education and R&D in different capitalist models

3./ examining the emergence of the new developmental state:
- tasks of the new developmental state,
- the role of development institutions and banks in supporting structural change and innovation.

The conference agenda is organized around country groups that face similar macroeconomic and institutional problems and tasks, in order to provide an opportunity for panelists to exchange ideas on a comparative basis.

Submission of abstracts:
Submit a 500 words abstract to (use the provided template)
The abstract should clearly mention: 1. title of the paper; 2. name of the author(s) and full address of the corresponding author (postal address, phone, fax and email); 3. submission to one of the special tracks of the conference; 4. aim of the study and methodology; 5. (expected) results and/or conclusion.

The SVOC2015 conference is organized by the Institute of World Economics of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Center for EU Enlargement Studies, Central European University.
Organization leads: Ágnes Orosz, email:

Deadline for abstract submission: June 20, 2015
Notification of acceptance: July 10, 2015
Payment of Conference Fees: October 30, 2015
Full paper submission: October 30, 2015

Scientific Committee: Andreas Nölke (Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Germany) Martin Myant (European Trade Union Institute, Belgium) Miklós Szanyi (Institute of World Economics, MTA KRTK, Hungary) Péter Balázs (Center for EU Enlargement Studies, CEU, Hungary) Péter Ákos Bod (Economic Policy Department & Management Training Centre, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary) Beáta Farkas (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Szeged, Hungary) Magnus Feldmann (School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol, United Kingdom)

Conference fees (covers access to the conference, conference lunches, conference breaks):
Registration fees: 100 euros
Early bird (if paid before September 30, 2015): 80 euros
Reduced registration fees (for PhD students if paid before September 30, 2015): 40 euros
Reduced registration fees (for PhD students if paid after September 30, 2015): 50 euros
Fees can be paid only by credit card and online.


For all information and updates see the website of the conference:


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