Book Forum

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

(Central European University Press, 2013)

March 15, 2013 4:00 PM to 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.

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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.