The political consequences of economic vulnerability
This project examines the political consequences of the current economic recession in Eastern Europe. We examine whether an increase in economic vulnerability increases the political vulnerability of citizens and the likelihood that they will be targeted by politicians and their brokers with various clientelistic strategies.
Policies towards small and medium-sized firms in post-communist countries
In many post-communist countries, the implementation of legislation is not neutral, but highly selective. We examine the variation in the implementation of fiscal and social legislation affecting the activities of small and medium-sized enterprises in a sample of Romanian localities. We also explore the political factors affecting the over-enforcement of legislation to ‘punish’ firms with undesirable political affiliations as well as strategic under-enforcement of legislation.