The Political Economy of South East Europe

The Political Economy of South East Europe

Mission

The political economy programme at SEESOX integrates the analysis of economic and political developments in South East Europe, and seeks to place the interaction of these influences in a policy-relevant context. To this end the programme commissions research reports on areas of priority interest; hosts lectures and seminars by prominent international figures; and brings together academics, officials and private market participants in policy-oriented workshops. It also co-organises high-level seminars and workshops with central banks in the region, with some of whom it also formal co-operation agreements.

News

In January 2016, a new book by Adam Bennett, Russell Kincaid, Peter Sanfey, Max Watson, entitled Economic and Policy Foundations for Growth in South East Europe: Remaking the Balkan Economy, was published by Palgrave Macmillan-St Antony's Series. Adam Bennett presented the book at the annual Palgrave Macmillan-St Antony's Series Book Launch on 15 June, 2016.

On 16-17 October, 2016, two linked events were held to commemorate the life and work of Max Watson. The first, in St Antony’s College, was jointly arranged by PEFM and SEESOX and covered his career under the title “A Tale of Three Cities”. Tributes were heard from those who knew him and his work in Washington, Brussels and Oxford, covering his time with the IMF, the European Commission, The Bank of Ireland and the University. It built up a full picture of Max and his many achievements. The second was organised by the family and in particular his widow Janny in Dorchester Abbey, close to Max’s house. This concentrated rather more on his life and interests; but continued to build up the story of his multi-facetted career as well. Click here for Photo Slideshow.

On 30 October, 2015, the Bank of Albania organised in cooperation with the South East European Studies at Oxford, the annual conference: Do crises change economic fundamentals in SEE?

On 6 June, 2014, Othon Anastasakis, Adam Bennett and Russell Kincaid gave presentations at a high-level seminar in Sarajevo entitled "South East Europe in an environment of volatile capital flows". This event was organised by SEESOX and the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

On 9 May, 2014, SEESOX hosted a full-day workshop on "Anchoring economic policies in South East Europe: The role of European and International institutions". This event was organised in cooperation with the Bank of Albania.

On 8 May, 2014, Oleg Levitin and Peter Sanfey of the EBRD gave an open seminar on the topic "Is Eastern Europe stuck in Transition?" at the European Studies Centre - hosted by PEFM in association with SEESOX.

On 13 September, 2013, Othon Anastasakis, Max Watson and Adam Bennett gave presentations at a high-level conference on "Strengthening linkages in South East Europe: Policy anchors and business perspectives" in Tirana. The key-note speech was given by Edi Rama, the prime Minister of Albania.


We are please to announce that Adam Bennett, formerly with the IMF and the UK Treasury, will continue his association with the SEESOX Political Economy Programme and his Senior Membership with St Antony’s College.


Events

Brexit and its impact on the Western Balkans
Peter Sanfey (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)
November, 2016
​In association with PEFM

Aligning monetary policy with financial stability: Objectives, responses and interaction in times of uncertainty
Tierana, October, 2016
​In association with PEFM

Financial reform in South East Europe: Turkey’s response to the past and current crises
Gazi Erçel (Former Governor, Central Bank of Turkey)
May 2016
In association with PEFM

The Eurozone crisis and South Eastern Europe: Recovery or illusion?
Adam Bennett (St Antony’s College, Oxford), Peter Sanfey (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)
January 2016

IMF programs and technical assistance in the Balkans-what has been achieved?
Adam Bennett (St. Antony’s College), Robin McConnachie (Oxford Analytica; former senior Bank of England official)
November 2015

European competitiveness challenges: The EU, Croatia and beyond
Boris Vujčić (Governor, Croatian National Bank)
25 November 2015

The Troika--past and future? A view from Washington
Russell Kincaid (Associate of PEFM; former senior IMF official)
October 2015

A Tale of Three Cities: Commemorating Max Watson
October 2016

Do crises change economic fundamentals in SEE?
Tirana, October 2015

Non-standard monetary policy measures and their effectiveness in Slovenia
Jazbec Boštjan (Governor of Central Bank of Slovenia)
May 2015

Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina High-Level Seminar (Sarajevo, June 2014)
Bank of Albania Workshop (Oxford, May 2014)
Bank of Albania High-Level Conference (Tirana, September 2013)
Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina Workshop (May 2013)
Bank of Albania Workshop (Oxford, March 2013)
Bank of Albania Workshop (Tirana, June 2012)
Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina Workshop (May 2012)
Transition Report Seminar (May 2012)
Bank of Albania Workshop (Oxford, December, 2011)
Bank of Albania Workshop (Tirana, June 2011)
Bank of Albania Seminar (Oxford, January 2011)
Bank of Albania Roundtable Discussion (Tirana, September 2010)


Publications

Economic and Policy Foundations for Growth in South East Europe: Remaking the Balkan Economy
(November 2015)

Stengthening linkages in South East Europe: Policy anchors and business perspectives
(March 2014)

PDF iconEU Banking reform and financial stability in South East Europe
(September 2013)

Redefining convergence in South East Europe
(June 2013)

PDF icon Living in the neighbourhood of the euro area
(April 2013)

South East Europe: Pre-requisites for reform
(October 2012)

Making sense of competitiveness indicators in South East Europe
Peter Sanfey and Simone Zeh (September 2012)

PDF iconThe impact of the euro crisis and investment opportunities in Bosnia and Herzegovina
(September 2012)

PDF iconEconomic perspectives on Bosnia and Herzegovina in the period og global crisis
Fikret Caucevic (March 2012)

From Crisis to Recovery: Sustainable growth in South East Europe
Edited by Othon Anastasakis, Jens Bastian and Max Watson (January 2011)