CRCE Symposium


Inhibited transition- Reasons and Remedies

25th-28th September 2004 - Hotel Vila Bled, Slovenia


We shall review progress in New Europe after fifteen years of transition to market economies & identify inhibitors to increase in productivity & value-added.




Saturday 25th September:  Arrivals

1900: Welcome Drinks & Dinner with Laudatio for Sir Anthony Fisher to be given by Alejandro Chafuen, President, Atlas Economic Research Foundation.


Sunday 26th September:

9.30-12.30: 1989-2004 15 years of Transition – The End or Never-ending Story?

The aim is to provide a cross-country analysis of transition results in the last fifteen years and discuss the future prospects

Discussion leader: John Moore

Papers by: Vladimir Benacek & Alena Zemplinerova

Questions to be addressed:

Does EU accession signify the end of transition? Is the Sozialmarktwirtschaft with extensive welfare state a role model for transition countries, enabling them to achieve the nominal and real convergence? Is there a desired end state of transition? To what extent have the neo-classical type reforms concentrating on macroeconomic stabilisation caused the return of socialists to power in most CEE countries? Could “old Europe” learn from the CEE reform prodigies such as Estonia or Slovakia?


1300-1430: Lunch


1500-1800: Security and defence policies in transition economies

Discussion leader: Sebestyen Gorka.  Comment: John O'Sullivan

Papers by: Andrej Miholič

                Bernard Brscic

Question to be addressed:

Analysis of the security trends in the region. To what extent have NATO and EU enlargement contributed to the pacification of the region and its neighbourhood. How should the governments of transition countries finance the defence budgets given the obsolescence and incompatibility of arms to NATO standards? Does NATO provide security free riding for small countries?  Are organisations as NATO and WEU capable to take the challenge of terrorism and organised crime which is increasing replace classical warfare as a most serious security threat?


Monday 27th September


0900-1230: Entrepreneurship, Technology & Innovation – the Magic Wands?

Discussion leader: Alejandro A. Chafuen

Paper by: Marko Kos

               Rado Pezdir

Question to be addressed:

Fostering entrepreneurship, technology and innovation is vital if transition economies are to achieve real convergence with the developed countries.  What role should the government play in promoting this?  Should it include pro-active policies (increased government spending on R & D, establishment of special agencies, subsidies, soft loans, preferential tax treatment etc…) or should it be strictly limited to providing a business friendly environment? What lessons can be learned from some success stories?


1300-1430: Lunch


1500-18 00: Transition, Institutional Change and Economic Development

The aim is to discuss the interplay between formal and informal institutions and their impact on economic performance.

Discussion leader: Bernard Brščič.  Comment: Silvana Malle

Papers by:   Steve Pejovich: The Uneven Results of Institutional Changes in Central and Eastern Europe: The Role of Culture

Question to be addressed:

Is the transplant of capitalist formal institutions sufficient condition for a functioning capitalist economy? Can the prevailing collectivist morality in CEE countries be changed by fiat or one months should wait for endogenous and spontaneous changes? Is there a tension between democracy on one hand and stability of property rights and the rule of law on the other?

1830: Excursion to Radovljica & Dinner


Tuesday 28th September

0930: Excursion to: Slovenian Coast, Postojna Cave, Lipica & Lipizzaners.