Short paper setting out conceptual and methodological differences between western mainstream (neoclassical) economics and other traditions, and discussing the contrast between the increasingly abstract, technical model-based approach adopted in academic papers and the more practical applications sought by policymakers. Written in 1997 (as background to the then-new textbook Microeconomics in Context by Goodwin, Weisskopf, Ackerman and Lancaster, designed for use in Russia during the transition from central planning), but still relevant to current methodology debates.
online text and notes in transition economics
This webpage supports a course on Transition in Eastern Europe as taught by Gerard Roland of University of California, Berkeley in 2001. It contains ore than a dozen note-form handouts in PDF files, a syllabus, plus many suggested review questions.
This .pdf document is one day's lecture notes on the May 2004 European Union expansion. It includes tables and graphs in colour.