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PD Dr. Mihai Varga

Foto Mihai Varga 2014

Lecturer and Research Assistant

Garystraße 55
Room 201
14195 Berlin

Office hours

Wednesday, 12:00 - 13:00, arrangement needed

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Mihai Varga is a senior research fellow in sociology at the Eastern Europe Institute, Freie Universität Berlin. He was a Max Weber Fellow in 2011-2012 and holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam (2011) and a post-doctoral degree (Habilitation, 2021) from the FU Berlin. His research focuses on economic crises and their political and socio-economic consequences. He has published on poverty and World Bank-inspired anti-poverty reforms, trade unions responses to worker protests and austerity, and on the rise of right-wing forces preceding or following the financial crisis of 2007–8.

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Latest and forthcoming publications:

(2020, mit Aron Buzogany). The foreign policy of populists in power: Contesting liberalism in Poland and Hungary, forthcoming in Geopolitics, https://doi.org/10.1080/14650045.2020.1734564

(2019, mit Katharina Bluhm). Conservative Developmental Statism in East Central Europe and Russia. New Political Economy, DOI: 10.1080/13563467.2019.1639146

(2019) “From the Qualities of Products to the Qualities of Relations: Value Conventions in the Solidarity Economy in Sicily”. Valuation Studies 6 (1), 63-86. https://doi.org/10.3384/VS.2001-5992.196163.

(2019) ‘Subsistence’ readings: World Bank and state approaches to commercializing agriculture in post-communist Eurasia, in Journal of Development Studies 55, https://doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2018.1453607

(2019) Resistant to change? Smallholder response to World Bank-sponsored “commercialization” in Romania and Ukraine, in Canadian Journal of Development Studies 40(4), 528–545, https://doi.org/10.1080/02255189.2019.1632175

(2019) Russia’s far-right violence wave: Tracing the development of terror in a National-Socialist Organization. Problems of Post-Communism, 66(3), 200-210, https://doi.org/10.1080/10758216.2017.1389613

(2018, mit Aron Buzogany) The ideational foundations of the illiberal backlash in Central and Eastern Europe: the case of Hungary, Review of International Political Economy, 25(6), 811-828, https://doi.org/10.1080/09692290.2018.1543718

(2018, mit Julia Glathe) Far-Right Fan Culture in Russia: The Politicisation of Football Hooligans on Russian Social Media, in Journal für Entwicklungspolitik, XXXIV, 20-49, DOI: 10.20446/JEP-2414-3197-34-2-20

(2017) Cash rather than contract: The re-emergence of traditional agrifood chains in post-communist Europe. Journal of Rural Studies 53(1), 58-67, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.04.010