Economics and Culture of Transition in Mitteleuropa, the Baltic and the Balkan Area
Besides providing a historical record of the long road from the economic agenda of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution to the present transition from communism, this book can be considered a staunch defense of market capitalism and liberal democracy. Any celebration of the current transition in Eastern Europe necessarily affirms the superiority of a market system over a non-market one and of a democratic system over a non-democratic one.
The author does not deny the failures, shortcomings or imperfections of market economy and democracy. Nor does he take the survival of market capitalism and liberal democracy for granted. On the contrary, by highlighting the valiant and painful process of transition and attempting to understand its economics and culture, he seeks to contribute to the theoretical (academic) and practical (political) defense of Western civilization.
About the Author
Lajos Bokros is a Member of the European Parliament, former Minister of Finance of Hungary, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Central European University, Budapest.
"Bokros recognizes that functioning market institutions have been consistently the outcome of an open public space and an advanced civil society. This is the area where culture can play a transformative role. It can guarantee that the lands between the German- and the Russian-speaking spaces will be occidental, i.e. part of Western Europe, but not accidentally any more. A very interesting book written by a scholar who combines the rigor of the academic with the focus of the policy-maker. It offers a rounded and useful public policy analysis of central planning, market transitions and the institutional challenges ahead."—Journal of Economics
"Accidental Occidental is an inspirational enterprise and a thought-provoking book. One of its greatest benefits is its firm insistence on the relevance of path-dependency. According to Lajos Bokros, the regime change and the events of today can only be digested by understanding the features and the logic of the socialist system, as all of us in Central and Eastern Europe still carry its legacy in our mentality and behaviour."—Society and Economy
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