Agnieszka Paczynska

Agnieszka Paczynska
S-CAR Associate Professor

Ph.D., Political Science 2002, University of Virginia
Dissertation:Historical Legacies and Policy Choice: Public Sector Reform in Poland, Egypt, Mexico and the Czech Republic 1991-1992 Fellow at the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad (CASA)
M.A., Political Science 1991, The New York University
B.A., Political Science, Cum Laude, New York University, 1989
New York University Summer 1990 Middlebury College Arabic Language Institute
Center for Arabic Studies Abroad, American University in Cairo


Agnieszka Paczynska is an Associate Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Associate Faculty at the Center for Global Studies. Dr. Paczynska was the Co-Principal Investigator for the Undergraduate Experiential Learning Project funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, 2011-2014. The project aimed at linking theory to practice through various pedagogical initiatives. She is currently running the Project on Contentious Politics (PCP) with Thomas Flores and Terrence Lyons, which is dedicated to understanding different forms of contentious political movements. Together with Susan Hirsch, she is Series Co-editor of Studies in Conflict, Justice, and Social Change, Ohio University Press.

Her research interests include the relationship between economic and political change and conflict, distributive conflicts, post-conflict reconstruction policies, and the relationship between globalization processes and local conflicts. Her book, State, Labor, and the Transition to a Market Economy: Egypt, Poland, Mexico and the Czech Republic (Penn State University Press, 2013, updated second edition) explores the conflicts between organized labor and the state generated by structural adjustment and in particular the privatization of the public sector. Her research has been funded by grants from International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) among others. In 2008-2009 she was a Franklin Fellow working as

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FIPSE-Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
Undergraduate Experiential Learning  Project Funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education FIPSE (2011-2013)Agnieszka Paczynska (co-PI)Susan F. Hirsch (PI)Institute for Conflict Analysis and...
First Franklin Fellow
GMU's first Franklin Fellow to work in the Office of the Coordinator for Stabilization and Reconstruction.
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May 01, 2014
This article examines how organized labor has responded to and sought to influence privatization of the public sector. In order to explain the variation in labor organizations' influence on the process of privatization design and implementation it examines the...
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April 01, 2013
The Arab uprisings, like the fall of the Berlin Wall more than two decades ago, are watershed events that have raised fundamental questions about our understanding of the processes of political change, the emergence and diffusion of contentious collective action,...
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October 01, 2011
The last two decades have witnessed fundamental shifts in international economic dynamics and the gradual reshaping of global political relationships and collaborations. In particular, emerging powers in the global south are now playing a much more prominent role...
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August 01, 2010
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August 01, 2010
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May 01, 2010
The Interagency Conflict Assessment Framework (ICAF) application began in a full-day workshop which was held on January 8, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. About 30 representatives from across the interagency with expertise in Liberia participated in the opening phase...
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Executive SummaryDecades of political and economic exclusion, years of violence and insecurity, and a population of displaced and traumatized people are just some of the complex factors that contribute to the intricate political and social dynamics in Liberia....
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March 01, 2010
The International Studies Encyclopedia and its online version, International Studies Online, published in association with the International Studies Association (ISA), is the most comprehensive reference work of its kind for the fields of international...
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January 2010
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This paper assesses the prospects and challenges for integrating development strategies into counterinsurgency (COIN) efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan.MAIN FINDINGSMany of the challenges that confront post-conflict reconstruction processes similarly confound...
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In response to mounting debt crises and macroeconomic instability in the 1980s, many countries in the developing world adopted neoliberal policies promoting the unfettered play of market forces and deregulation of the economy and attempted large-scale structural...
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September 01, 2008
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September 01, 2008
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August 01, 2008
The Center for Global Studies at George Mason University was founded to promote multidisciplinary research on globalization. The Center comprises more than 100 associated faculty members whose collective expertise spans the full range of disciplines. The Center...
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July 15, 2008
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May 28, 2008
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March 28, 2008
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June 26, 2007
As the victorious great powers surveyed the devastation brought on by World War II and faced the crumbling of old colonial empires two issues came to dominate the international agenda: the reconstruction of countries devastated by the war and the economic and...
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May 01, 2007
This article examines how organized labor has responded to and sought to influence privatization of the public sector. In order to explain the variation in labor organizations' influence on the process of privatization design and implementation it examines the...
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September 18, 2006
Over the last two decades global integration has accelerated. The volume of foreign direct investment, trade, and capital movements has grown exponentially. At the same time, changes in communications technology and cheaper travel have led to the growing...
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March 01, 2006
This article examines the decade-long contentious encounter between the Egyptian regime and Egyptian organized labor over changes in the labor law. I examine why an authoritarian regime which was often willing to deploy violence against its opponents encountered...
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November 01, 2005
This article examines the challenges that democratic deepening has encountered in countries undertaking simultaneous economic and political reforms. It does so by examining the experience of Poland following the 1989 transition. It explores the Polish public's...
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May 01, 2004
With this third issue of the Cooperative Security Program: Opinions, we return to the topic of fostering democracy and human rights in the Middle East. Dr. Agnieszka Paczynska explores the possibility and potential outcome of a Helsinki-style process for the...
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February 01, 2004
The economic changes brought on by globalization imply a fundamental restructuring of the relationship between the state and society, a transformation that inherently generates conflicts. Everyone has been affected by these changes, but the costs and benefits of...
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October 01, 2009
On August 20th, 2009 Afghanistan held presidential and provincial council elections. There were 41 presidential and
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April 20, 2011
On April 3rd, 2011 Kazakhstan held presidential elections. Nursultan Nazarbayev, in power since 1991, called these
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October 2011
S-CAR is very pleased to welcome a new faculty member. Dr. Arthur Romano joins the School as an Assistant Professor in
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February 2012
On February 9th, the Central Asia, Africa and Latin America Working Groups co-hosted a conference, “Working in
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January 23, 2014
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February 21, 2014
Originally published in “Notes of Excellence” newsletter, issue 012 – February 2014.Susan Hirsch and
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April 21, 2014
On February 22 and 23, 2014, the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution welcomed 33 participants from ten national
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Does contemporary armed conflict have deep historical roots?Tuesday, November 18th12:30pm - 2:00pmConference Room 5183Brown Bag with David Laitin, hosted by the The Project on Contentious Politics (PCP)Please the following paper before attendance:Fearon, James D. a
November 18, 2014
Join S-CAR Ph.D Researchersfor anAfternoon Discussion on Doing Fieldwork in Challenging Environments: Insights from Research in Liberia, Colombia and Cambodia.November 11th, at 1:00pmMetropolitan Building, Rm 5183 Abstract:As researchers, our primary task is to collect information. But as
November 11, 2014
 2014 Research WorkshopThomas E. Flores, Terrence Lyons, and Agnieszka PaczynskaThe Project on Contentious PoliticsSchool for Conflict Analysis and ResolutionRSVP HereWorkshop SummaryThe Arab Uprisings in Comparati
November 07, 2014
November 5, 2014  -   Free Pizza and Soda!Fighting Ebola or Fighting Fear?Founders Hall 1266:00pm- 7:15pm Panelists Include:Agnieszka Paczynska, PhD. Associate Professor, School for Conflict Analysis and ResolutionTreniese Polk, MS-HSM. Center for Health Policy Research &
November 05, 2014
Brown Bag - Liberia: Challenges to Managing the Ebola CrisisThursday, October 30th12:30pm - 2:00pm Conference room 5183 Join Professor Agnieszka Paczynska and S-CAR PhD student Samuel Wai Johnson for a brown bag on Liberia and the challenges faced on both a state and local level in
October 30, 2014
Agnieska Paczynskaparticipated in the International Studies Association Conference in Toronto, where she presented the paper, “Examining the Drivers and Impacts of Emerging Power Investment, Aid, and Engagement in Fragile States.”
March 26, 2014
March 18, 2014
Social Mobilization in Morocco: February 20 movement, Local Tansikiyats, and the Struggle for Real Change?Fatima HadjiTuesday, June 11; 10:00AM - 12:00PMTruland Building, 7th Floor Conference Room  Committee members: Dr. Terrence Lyons (Chair) Dr. Agnieszka Paczynska Dr. Bassam
June 11, 2013
With Chris Alden (The London School of Economics)Monday, February 18th, 12:00pmTruland 540Arlington CampusApplying the gradualism characteristic of its approach to policy formulation and implementation, the Chinese policy making community is playing a key role in redefining the contemporary
February 18, 2013
 The Central Asia, Africa and Latin America Working Groups are looking forward to welcoming you to the Truland Building on February 9th! 
February 09, 2012
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Mason’s Center for Global Studies celebrated its 10th annual spring conference last week, welcoming students, faculty, academics, policy makers, and members of the public for two days of presentations of innovative research and discussion on the challenges of peacebuilding in the world today
March 28, 2013
The Dialogue & Difference Project begins the fall semester with a panel discussion and dialogue exploring the relationships and tensions between transnational corporations and governments. The discussion will also look at the economic and social effects at the community level.Panelists will
September 25, 2012
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Title Semester
Covers conflict at macro level, introducing theories of international and global violence and conflict, drawing from...
Explores how people translate underlying grievances into collective action. Examines how groups organize, frame, and...
Examines the relationship between processes of political and economic change and conflict; the relationship between...
Brief history of field, survey of key conflict resolution themes and theories, and intervention methods. Overview includes general factors of...
Understanding social conflict and potential for conflict resolution requires that both conflict and cooperation be...
Capstone course in which students reflect on what they have learned, integrating knowledge from course work and...
Introduces field of conflict analysis and resolution. Examines definitions of conflict and diverse views of its...
This graduate seminar will investigate key questions related to some of the most vexing challenges of war and...
Continuation of steps in research process to prepare dissertation and implement published research. Builds on CONF 811 by examining qualitative...
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