Herman Hoen

Herman Hoen

Adjunct Professor of International Political Economy
International Development

SAIS Europe


  • Asia
  • Eastern Europe
  • Europe
  • Russia
  • Economic Development
  • Emerging Markets
  • International Political Economy
  • Dutch
  • German

Background and Education

Professor Hoen is Adjunct Professor of International Political Economy, and Full Professor of International Political Economy, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He participates in the project “Emerging Market Economies in Central Asia” at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen; worked at the Budapest University of Economics, presently known as Corvinus University; was research fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences; was visiting professor at the Georg August University (Göttingen) and Bilkent University (Ankara). He received his Ph.D., in economics from the University of Groningen.

Publications include: Institutional Reform in Central Asia: Politico-Economic Challenges, ed. with J. Ahrens (2012); "Reviewing Transition in Eastern Europe: Converging Courses of Institutional Change?" in Studia Diplomatica 65/2 (2012); “Crisis in Eastern Europe: The Downside of a Market Economy Revealed?" in European Review 19/1 (2011)

2017-11-23 00:00:00 
Fall 2018 
This course int...
This course introduces students to the major political-economic developments in Europe from the end of the Second World War to the present, with an emphasis on the great divide in principles of economic ordering during the Cold War Period (regulated markets versus socialist planning), the collapse of communist and the transformation of Eastern Europe to a market economy embedded in a democratic order, the enlargement of the European Union, and the current treat of a new divide in Europe.

Students will acquire a broad understanding of how the countries developed over the course of the 20th Century; the successes, failures and dilemmas of the post-communist transitions; and the diversity of political and economic responses to the massive changes brought about by the revolutions of 1989, EU enlargement, and integration into the global economy. Over the course of the semester, we will cover material that addresses both the developments of the region in general as well as specific cases that highlight changes in individual countries, with particular focus on the new EU member states.

The goal of the course is to provide students with a foundational understanding of the roots of present-day socio-economic and political challenges, and to enable them to analyze how domestic and international factors have shaped and continue to influence the political economy of the region. Finally, a practical objective of the course is to help students prepare for the comprehensive examination in contemporary European political economy. It is not a complete guide to the examination and students are strongly encouraged to prepare themselves further with detailed knowledge of the country cases and of Europe as a whole. However, the course does cover some of the fundamental elements of the examination. (Cross listed European & Eurasian Studies/International Development/International Political Economy)