Dimitrov, Vesselin

Dr Vesselin Dimitrov  


Position held

Associate Professor (Reader) in Eastern European Politics


Experience keywords:

EMU; European Union; NATO; central Europe; cold war; communism; eastern Europe; economic policy making; economic transition; nationalism; political transition

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Dr Dimitrov's research interests focus on the role of government institutions and political parties in transitions from one political, economic and social system to another. He has worked on the origins of the Cold War and the transition to Communism in Central and Eastern Europe in the 1940s, with a particular emphasis on the role of Stalin and the Central and East European governments and communist parties. His work on the post-1989 political and economic transition in Central and Eastern Europe has focused on the development of effective government institutions, the impact of those institutions on fiscal policy, and the effect of accession to the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) on the governments' fiscal policy choices.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Central Europe; Eastern Europe; Europe; Soviet Union


Bulgarian [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Russian [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 7173



Dimitrov, Vesselin (2012) The Central and East European countries: from weak latecomers to good citizens of the Union In: Hayward, Jack and Wurzel, Rüdiger K.W., (eds.) European Disunion: Between Sovereignty and Solidarity. Palgrave studies in European Union politics. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780230367739


Dimitrov, Vesselin (2007) Stalin's Cold War : Soviet foreign policy, democracy and communism in Bulgaria, 1941-48 Global conflict and security since 1945. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke ; New York. ISBN 9780230521384


Dimitrov, Vesselin (2006) EMU and fiscal policy In: Dyson, Kenneth, (ed.) Enlarging the Euro Area: External Empowerment and Domestic Transformation in East Central Europe. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK; New York, USA, 261-278. ISBN 9780199277674

Dimitrov, Vesselin and Zubek, Radoslaw (2006) Czech Republic: a core neglected In: Dimitrov, Vesselin and Goetz, Klaus H. and Wollman, Hellmut, (eds.) Governing After Communism: Institutions and Policymaking. Governance in Europe. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Lanham, USA, 129-158. ISBN 9780742540088

Dimitrov, Vesselin (2006) From laggard to pace-setter: Bulgaria's road to EMU In: Dyson, Kenneth, (ed.) Enlarging the Euro Area: External Empowerment and Domestic Transformation in East Central Europe. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK; New York, USA, 145-159. ISBN 9780199277674

Dimitrov, Vesselin and Goetz, Klaus H. and Wollman, H. (2006) Governing after communism: institutions and policymaking Governance in Europe. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, USA. ISBN 9780742540088


Dimitrov, Vesselin (2005) Ready for European economic and monetary union? Party composition of government, budgeting institutions and fiscal deficit in central and eastern Europe International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, 8 (1). 40-66. ISSN 1093-4537


Dimitrov, Vesselin (2002) Bulgarian neutrality: Domestic and international perspectives In: Wylie, Neville, (ed.) European Neutrals and Non-Belligerents During the Second World War. Cambridge University Press, 192-216. ISBN 9780521643580


Dimitrov, Vesselin (2001) Bulgaria: the uneven transition Postcommunist states and nations (1st). 1st, Routledge, London. ISBN 9780415267298

Brusis, Martin and Dimitrov, Vesselin (2001) Executive configuration and fiscal performance in post-communist central and eastern Europe Journal of European Public Policy, 8 (6). 888-910. ISSN 1350-1763


Dimitrov, Vesselin (2000) Learning to play the game: Bulgaria's relations with multilateral organisations Southeast European Politics, 1 (2). 101-114. ISSN 1586-9733

Dimitrov, Vesselin (2000) In search of a homogenous nation: the assimilation of Bulgaria's Turkish minority, 1984-1985 Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, 1 (4). 1-22. ISSN 1617-5247


Dimitrov, Vesselin (1996) Revolution released: Stalin, the Bulgarian Communist party and the establishment of the Comniform In: Gori, Francesca and Pons, Silvio, (eds.) The Soviet Union and Europe in the Cold War, 1943-53. Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire, UK. ISBN 9780333653166

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