PCPE—Prague Conference on Political Economy

PCPE 2020 - CANCELLED (due to coronavirus pandemic)

April 17. - 18, 2020

Franz Cuhel Memorial Lecture

Peter G. Klein is W. W. Caruth Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Baylor University and Senior Research Fellow with the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise. He is also Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Management at the Norwegian School of Economics and Carl Menger Research Fellow at the Mises Institute. He holds an Honorary Professorship at the Beijing University of Information Science and Technology. He received a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Peter’s research focuses on the links between entrepreneurship, strategy, and organization, with application to innovation, diversification, vertical coordination, health care, and public policy. His work has appeared in Organization Science, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Management, Managerial and Decision Economics, Strategic Organization, Journal of Industrial Economics, Rand Journal of Economics, and other outlets. Peter’s 2012 book Organizing Entrepreneurial Judgment (Cambridge University Press, with Nicolai Foss) received the 2014 Best Book Award from the Foundation for Economic Education. He has also received Best Paper awards from the Journal of Private Enterprise Education and the European Management Review. 

He is Associate Editor of the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Perspectives.


Friedrich von Wieser  Memorial Lecture

Stefan Kolev is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Applied Sciences Zwickau and Deputy Director of the Wilhelm Röpke Institute in Erfurt, Germany. He is currently Visiting Scholar at the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University Bloomington and Research Fellow at the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University. He is founding member of the Network for Constitutional Economics and Social Philosophy NOUS, Research Fellow of the Hamburg Institute of International Economics HWWI and Board Member of Aktionsgemeinschaft Soziale Marktwirtschaft. He holds a PhD in economics and diplomas in business administration and economics from the University of Hamburg.

Stefan’s research focuses on the history of economic thought, especially ordoliberalism and Austrian economics, on constitutional political economy and on economic sociology, especially Max Weber and Friedrich von Wieser. He has published on the connections between F. A. Hayek, the “Old Chicago” School and the ordoliberals, and on the revitalization of ordoliberal political economy in the global-digital age. His book "Neoliberal Conceptions of the State in Comparison" was published 2017 in an expanded second edition by De Gruyter Oldenbourg. His recent article on Wieser "The Puzzles of a Triumvir: Friedrich von Wieser as Political Economist and Sociologist" was published in The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought (2019).

He is Co-Editor of the ORDO Yearbook of Economic and Social Order and of the Journal of Contextual Economics – Schmollers Jahrbuch. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of History of Political Economy and of History of Economic Ideas


We are inviting you to participate in the 16th annual  Prague Conference on Political Economy (PCPE). PCPE is an international and interdisciplinary gathering of scholars focusing their research on a broad approach to the study of social reality crossing traditional disciplines. Scholars writing in the tradition of PPE, PPE&L or the Austrian School of Economics and  political economy of freedom are particularly welcome. During two days of the conference (Friday afternoon and Saturday), participants will have an opportunity to participate in lectures and debates focusing on economics, political science, history, philosophy and other humanities, and to discuss these issues with leading theorists in the field, both from Europe and overseas. We expect more than 100 people attending annual lectures and over 35 scholars presenting their papers. 

PCPE 2020 is organized by CEVRO Institute [school of legal and social studies] in partnership with Liberalni Institut,  The Faculty of Social and Economic Studies, J. E. Purkyne University and  European Students for Liberty 

This conference is an attempt to resurrect the tradition of Austrian economics- and liberty-oriented thinking that thrived in central Europe at the beginning of the 20th century, but sadly disappeared thereafter. By establishing an annual forum for scholars and students to meet and exchange ideas we hope to build a solid institutional basis for the advancement of liberty-oriented research programs.

The Conference takes place in the quaint and newly reconstructed building of the CEVRO Institute [school of legal and social studies] in the heart of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.

As the president of the conference, I believe that the conference will keep up the good spirit of previous years. We will do our best to succeed in making the 2018 conference at least as stimulating and useful as the past ones. We also believe that your participation will make the conference an even greater success.

We hope you will join us!

prof. Josef Sima, Ph.D.president of the CEVRO Institute (josef.sima@vsci.cz)


Register through this form. (If you want to send the whole paper, not just an abstract included in the registration form, send it  to josef.sima@vsci.cz.) Upon acceptance, you will be instructed to pay the conference fee. (A list of preliminary sessions  and general  schedule available here.)

PCPE  2019

Franz Cuhel Memorial Lecture

Randall G. Holcombe is DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University. He is past president of the Public Choice Society and the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. Dr. Holcombe also served on Florida Governor Jeb Bush's Council of Economic Advisors from 2000 to 2006. He is the author of twelve books and more than 100 articles published in academic and professional journals. His most recent book "Political Capitalism: How Economic and Political Power Is Made and Maintained" has been published by Cambridge University Press in 2018.



Friedrich von Wieser  Memorial Lecture

David Emanuel Andersson is the Discipline Lead for Economics at RMIT University Vietnam and holds a PhD in Regional Planning from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He is co-author of Time, Space and Capital (Edward Elgar 2017), as well as three earlier books that focus on institutional and spatial aspects of economic development. He has published numerous articles in journals such as Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, Journal of Economic Geography, or Transportation Research. Since 2013, he has been Editor-in-chief of Cosmos + Taxis: Studies in Emergent Order and Organization, which is a multidisciplinary journal that explores spontaneous orders in the tradition of Friedrich Hayek and Michael Polanyi.