HOW WELFARE POPULISM DESTROYS PROSPERITY: THE POPULIST CHALLENGE TO ECONOMIC FREEDOM

The EFN Asia 2012 Conference addressed the risks that reckless populism can pose to political and economic freedom. Economically unsustainable policies in both Europe and Asia were examined, and participants were presented with the 2012 Economic Freedom of the World index.

Keynote speakers included Abhisit Vejjajiva, former Prime Minister of Thailand, Dr. Rainer Adam, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Regional Director for Southeast and East Asia, Dr. Wolf-Dieter Zumpfort, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Fred McMahon, Director of the Centre for Trade and Globalism at the Canadian Fraser Institute and John Tsang, Financial Secretary of Hong Kong, among others.

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