Date of Birth 13 May 1944
Place Troubky n/B (Czech Republic)
Nomination 30 June 2008
Most important awards, prizes and academies
1990 Prize of the Presidential Board of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences; 2001 The Order of Saint Gregory the Great-Civic Class; 2003 Officier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques; Scientific Council, Charles University; Association internationale pour l'enseignement sociale chrétien; Presidency of the Czechoslovak Economic Association (1990-97); Czech Christian Academy; Dean and President of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Social Sciences (1997-2002); Centre for Social Questions, Czech Bishop Conference; "Leadership Forum", Prague (1997-2002); Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
Summary of scientific research
Thanks to the Prague Spring of 1968 I was allowed to teach and later publish the first textbook of microeconomics in the communist block (Theory of the Firm). Fifteen years of a forced "sabbatical" in an industrial enterprise in Prague made it possible for me to elaborate a series of descriptive studies on behaviour within the planning hierarchy (unofficial papers published only after the fall of communism). During the 90s I founded the new department of "Institutional Economics" at the newly established Faculty of Social Sciences (Charles University, founded 1348). I published many papers about the institutional and ethical dimensions of the Czech economic transformation and privatization. In my books Zastřená vize ekonomické transformace (Foggy Vision of Economic Transformation, Karolinum 1997), and Economic and Social Changes in Czech Society after 1989 (together with M. Sojka and P. Machonin, Karolinum 2000) I presented a critical diagnosis of the misunderstood liberalism in the Czech Republic resulting in the erosion of order. Miloslav Cardinal Vlk charged me with a team work application of the catholic social teaching on social questions in my country after 1989 (presented as a pastoral social document of the Czech Bishop Conference "Peace and Good", 2000). In the post-transition period, my research has been focused on the economics of trust, Christian social ethics and common good. During these last few years my research has focused on "economics-happiness" links and the topic of family economics. I am retired and teach my last Master's Course entitled "Ethics and Economics".
Books: Teorie firmy (Theory of the Firm), Economic Institute, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague 1970; Chování čsl. podnikové sféry (The Behaviour of the Czechoslovak Enterprise Sphere), Economic Institute Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague 1990); Planning Process in a Company: An Analysis (unofficial manuscript from 1983, English translation by Foundation Charta 77 in 1990); Zastřená vize ekonomické transformace (Foggy Vision of Economic Transition), Karolinum 1997; Úšvahy očeské ekonomické transformaci (Thoughts about the Czech Economic Transformation), Prague 2000; Economic and Social Changes in Czech Society after 1989: an Alternative View (together with M. Sojka and M. Machonin), Karolinum 2000; Moc slova (Power of Word, Volume of Speeches at Graduation Ceremonies), Karolinum 2002; Institucionální ekonomie (Institutional economics), 2nd edition, Karolinum 2005; Ekonomie důvěry a společného dobra (Economics of Trust and Common Good), Karolinum 2006; Ekonomie rodiny v proměnách času, institucí a hodnot (Family Economics in the Change of Times, Institutions and Values), Prague 2013; Soudobá ekonomie očima tří generací (Contemporary Economics Through Eyes of Three Generations), editor of the collection "20 years of economics at Charles University", Karolinum, 2013. Articles, Book Chapters, etc.: The Czechoslovak Economy between the Past and the Future, Prague Economic Papers 3/1992; Synthesis of Descriptive Analysis of a Traditional Model, Prague Economic Papers 4/1992; Institutions in the Course of the Economic Transformation of Postsocialist Czechoslovakia, Acta Universitatis Carolinae, Oeconomica, 1992, No. l; The Ethical Dimension of the Reestablishment of Private Property in the Czech Republic, Cultural Consequences of Economic Transition, Centro Alletti, Roma, Editions Fates, Troyes 1994; Economic Transformation and the Concept of Order, Prague Economic Papers 2/1994; La privatisation tchèque en tant que problème éthique, Association Internationale pour l'Enseignement Social Chrétien, Cahier No. 15, Louvain-la-Neuve, Juin 1997; Restructuring of Property Rights Through the Institutional Economist's Eyes, Prague Economic Papers 3/1995; Czech Privatization – Penalties for the Speed. A criticism of Radical Liberalism, Business Ethics in Central and East Europe, P. Koslowski ed., Springer-Verlag Berlin, Heidelberg 1997; Czech Privatization: A Criticism of the Misunderstood Liberalism. Journal of Business Ethics, 17, July 1998; Ten Lessons from Ten Years of the Czech Way,Finance a úvěr, 4/2001; Lesson from the Czech Privatization. Institutional Change and the Concept of Order, in: Fleiner, L.R.B. – Swiderski, E.M. ed.: Democratic Transition and Consolidation in Central and Eastern Europe, Helbing-Lichtenhahn 2001; The Economics of Trust – From Institutionalized Irresponsibility to Institutionalized Responsibility, Genève; Finance et bien commun No. 13-14, 2003; La tentazione di "raggiungere" un'economia felice (Nuntium 1-2/2007), Ekonomie a štěstí – proč více není vždycky lépe (Economics and Happiness – why more is sometimes not better,Politická ekonomie 2/2007); Pour une économie de la frugalité (Car c'est de l'homme il s'agit, Paris 2007); Family as an agent under the pressure of markets (The Individual and the Process of Socialisation, Matfyzpress, Prague 2008), Rodina v pohledu institucionální ekonomie (Family from the perspective of institutional economics, Demografie 1/2009); Business Leadership sine specie aeternitatis: Irresponsibility in a Global Space, Crisis in a Global Economy – Re-planning the Journey, Proceedings of the Sixteenth Plenary Session, 30 April-4 May 2010, Acta 16, eds J.T. Raga and M.A. Glendon, The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Vatican City, 2011; The Common Good in terris – or only in excelsis?, The Global Quest for Tranquillitas Ordinis. Pacem in Terris, Fifty Years Later, Proceedings of the Eighteenth Plenary Session 27 April - 1 May 2012, Acta 18, eds M.A. Glendon and R. Hittinger, The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Vatican City, 2013.
Faculty of Social Sciences
Institute of Economic Studies
110 00 Prague 1
The Cornerstone of Social Building Dethroned on the Way to Global Economy (PDF) 2012
Business Leadership sine specie aeternitatis: Irresponsibility in a Global Space (PDF) 2010
Comment (PDF) 2009
Family as a Victim of a Deluded Search for Paradise on Earth: From the Central Planning Happiness to Self-Deception of the Market System (PDF) 2006