The Centre for Research into Post-Communist Economies

About the CRCE

The Centre for Research into Communist Economies (CRCE) was founded in 1983 by Ljubo Sirc, the late Ralph Harris of the Institute of Economic Affairs and the late Sir Antony Fisher, Founder of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. In 1996 it was renamed the Centre for Research in Post-Communist Economies. The CRCE carries out research into the problems of communist economies and in economies making the transition from communism to democracy and market economies. Much of the Centre’s work relates to Central and Eastern Europe.

The Centre is a charitable educational trust. It receives no public funds, but is financed by donations and subscriptions. Since 1983, the CRCE has provided a unique forum for academics, regional specialists, journalists and others to participate in discussions on individual countries, as well as the opportunity to meet reformist economists and politicians involved in the transition process. Indeed, many young economists from Russia and Eastern Europe whose work was first supported by the CRCE have since emerged as key figures in the post-communist world, and attend our meetings whenever possible.

The CRCE publishes the results of its research in a series of paperbacks, and since 1989 has published a quarterly journal now called Post-Communist Economies (formerly Communist Economies and Economic Transformation). This research output has been featured in the press and other media internationally. The Centre organises symposia, seminar and a series of occasional talks. A quarterly newsletter provides up-to-date information about the Centre’s activities.

A Board of Trustees is responsible for the general and financial supervision of the Centre, and an Advisory Council composed of academics who are consulted on research and publications. The Centre is run by a Director and Administrative Director.

In response to a request from the young reformers in the early 1990s, the CRCE assisted in the formation of an economic research centre in Moscow, the International Centre for Economic Transformation (ICRET). Over the years ICRET developed into several specialist independent institutes. In 2000 the CRCE founded the Enterprise Institute of Ljubljana (Slovenia). The Enterprise Institute will be working throughout the Balkans and has organised an Essay Competition open to students and young academics in Slovenia and her neighbours.

In many respects, the demand for research into the transitional economies of Central and Eastern Europe has never been greater. The opening up of new markets for commerce and services, as well as concern over the political evolution - or otherwise - of the post-communist states, has ensured that academic, commercial and popular interest in these subjects continues to grow. Research must suggest the alternative systems and policies that will serve to replace the disintegrating communist ideology, not only in Eastern Europe but throughout the world.