President Václav Klaus delivers annual Adam Smith Lecture

by Sally March

President Vaclav Klaus

On 24 May 2013 Václav Klaus, delivered the third annual Adam Smith lecture in Political Economy, entitled ‘Smithian inspirations and their difficult fate in Central Europe’.

Mr Klaus, President of the Czech Republic between 2003 and 2013, used the lecture to explore the influence that Adam Smith’s theories have had on the economies of Central Europe since 1989, which he believes was inspired by Margaret Thatcher. He also looked at the future of the Eurozone and European integration.

The Adam Smith Lecture in Political Economy is generously supported by Dr Madsen Pirie (1996), founder and President of the Adam Smith Institute. Previous speakers have been Charles Moore and Lord Lawson of Blaby.

An audio recording of the lecture will be put on the website in due course.

(Photo taken by Nigel Luckhurst)