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University of Nottingham

Bucerius Ph.D. Fellow

Capital, State and Labour in the Enigma of Baltic ‘Post-Communist’ Transformation


The project challenges neoclassical, institutionalist and orthodox European integration approaches to post-communist restructuring and subsequent internal devaluation trajectories in the Baltics by situating the processes of state-(re)formations and economic transitions in the context of structural shift from Keynesianism to neoliberalism. In doing so, it aims to identify the relevant actors and their motivations behind pursuing specific liberalization, privatization and deregulation programmes, contextualize the practices and discourses of policy legitimization, account for the socio-economic costs of industrial and financial transitional catch-up and explore the ways of resistance towards it. It is hoped that revisiting the political economy of integration offers a more nuanced understanding behind the politics of transition, austerity and currently emerging post-crisis social order in the region.

Jokubas Salyga is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham and a fellow of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ). He holds an MA in International Relations and an M.Sc. in Social Research Methods from the University of Sussex.

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