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The globalization literature suggests that more globalization will catalyze a variety of national level economic, political and social changes in a country. Some of those changes could be positive for a country, such as possibilities for economic growth and democratization, while other changes might be negative, including rising inequality and material losses for parts of a traditional economy.  In terms of conditional effects, scholars and policy practitioners have found that globalization disproportionately and positively affects women both economically and socially.  Her current research explores whether these trends hold for Mongolia.  Attending to the unique features of Mongolian culture, Mongolia’s transition from a Soviet style political economy, and Mongolia’s resource-based economy, how have women been impacted by globalization over the past 25 years?  This project explores the possibly gendered effects of globalization, attending to rural/urban divisions, educational and occupational variation, and age differences to examine conditional effects of different types of globalization on women’s empowerment in post-transition Mongolia.

About the speaker: Dr. Cynthia M. Horne

She is a Professor of Political Science at Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA  USA). Her teaching and research focus on international political economy issues, with attention to globalization, trade policy, and development. Her research specialty is post-communist transitions, exploring the political, social and economic aspects of the transition.  Her recent work has examined the conditions under which transitional justice measures in post-communist countries—namely, attending to the crimes committed in the past– have promoted transition goals of building democracy, reducing corruption, supporting trust in government, trust in public institutions, and inter-personal trust. 

Her book Building Trust and Democracy: Transitional Justice in Post-Communist Countries (Oxford University Press, 2017) and her edited volume Transitional Justice and the Former Soviet Union: Reviewing the Past, Looking Toward the Future (Oxford University Press, 2018, with Lavinia Stan) explore the impact and/or absence of transitional justice on democratization and trust building across post-communist states.

Cynthia Horne has a background in international development work and has been a research fellow in places like Hungary, Romania, Indonesia, and now Mongolia, engaging policy related questions surrounding development, governance, and globalization. https://cynthiamhorne.weebly.com/

About ACMS:

The American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting scholarship in Mongolian Studies. The ACMS Speaker Series are organized in partnership with the U.S. Embassy and the Natsagdorj Library and provides an important platform for researchers engaged in Mongolia to share their experiences and findings with the public. The event promotes information exchange on a variety of subjects related to Mongolia and is free and open to the public.