Book Forum

Accidental Occidental: Economics and Culture of Transition in Mitteleuropa, the Baltic and the Balkan Area

(Central European University Press, 2013)
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Date and Time
March 15, 2013 4 - 5:30 PM EDT
Policy Center with Foyer
Featuring the author Lajos Bokros, Former Minister of Finance, Hungary, Member of European Parliament, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Central European University; with comments by Charles Gati, Professorial Lecturer in Russian and Eurasian Studies, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; moderated by Tom G. Palmer, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, Executive Vice President for International Programs, Atlas Economic Research Foundation.

The transition to market democracy in most of Central Europe can rightfully be considered a success story. The experience of post‐​socialist countries from the Baltics to the Balkans, however, has varied greatly. Lajos Bokros, who played a key role implementing market reforms in Hungary in the 1990s, will review lessons of the transition and the current vitality of capitalism and liberal democracy in a diversity of countries, including his own.