Slashing Spending in Post-Soviet Slovakia - Q&A with Richard Durana

Since the end of communism in 1989, Slovakia has experienced rapid economic growth by privatizing industries and liberating its markets, allowing its citizens to enjoy the same standard of living as their Western European neighbors. However, government spending is still out of control.

Richard Durana, director of the Slovakia Institute for Economic and Social Studies and the project The Price of the State, sat down with to explain how his group is working to educate Slovaks that many services currently provided by the government could be delivered more efficiently by the private sector.

Approximately 5.03 minutes.

Interviewed by June Arunga. Camera by Jim Epstein and Josh Swain. Editing by Swain.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    A website itemizing the costs of services provided, or potentially provided, by the state, eh? WHO IS FUNDING YOU, RICHARD? I bet it's the Koch brothers.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Good luck, Richard. People in the US don't get that we have to pay for the government, and we weren't a communist state for 50 years.

  • Rrabbit||

    Slovakia does not have "the same standard of living as Western European neighbors". It has done a bit better than some other post communist countries; for example it has almost closed the gap to the Czech Republic.

  • Richard Durana||

    Within two-three weeks new English version of The Price of the State will be released. The old one is from 2008. New one (until now in Slovak only, has much more features and possibilities. Stay tuned!

  • perlstar||


    There has been (from 2008) an English version:, I think this is what Richard's comment above is referring to.

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