Janos Kovacs

János Mátyás Kovács (b. 1950, Budapest) graduated at the Karl Marx University of Economics, Budapest (Faculty of Economic Theory, 1973). He defended his doctoral dissertation on "The Market Economy of the NEP" at the same university in 1975. In 1973, he became a research fellow at the Institute of Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest. Since 1984, he has taught history of economic thought and political economy of communism and the post-communist transformation at Eötvös Lorand University, Budapest and Karl Marx University of Economics (later: Budapest University of Economics). In 1987, Kovacs moved to Vienna, and has worked as a Permanent Fellow at the IWM since 1991. He serves as an editor of Transit (Vienna) and 2000 (Budapest).

His fields of research include the history of economic and political thought in Eastern Europe, history of communist economies and polities, comparative economic systems, political economy of post-communist transformation, history of welfare doctrines in the region, concepts of European integration, economic cultures and symbolic geographies in Eastern Europe. (2007)










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