Institute for Democracy and Social Market in Belarus and Eastern Europe (IDSMBEE) is an independent scientific and analytical center. The Institute started in 2012 as a think tank focusing on pluralistic democracy and social market concepts as models for socio-political and economic development. The creation of the Institute was caused by some reasons. Firstly, Belarus didn’t have intellectual initiative of the kind to generate a value alternative to libertarian and left-winged ideas. Secondly, center-right think tanks of Eastern Europe are not closely interconnected and Belarus is not involved in their cooperation.

Mission of the Institute

To contribute to formulation and implementation of reforms in economic, political and social fields basing on right-winged view through carrying out studies, holding conferences, arranging educational projects, consulting etc. 

Our Values

Social market economy is based on combining economic freedom with social equality. The model of social market economy founds on the understanding of a person’s dignity and integrity. Social market is a competitive order where freedom, responsibility, solidarity and justice complete each other. This order aims at creating competence where possible and regulation where necessary. Social market concept presupposes private property as a prevailing form of ownership guaranteed by the law.

Social market as an economic model was successfully implemented in a postwar Federal Republic of Germany and postsocialistic Poland. The model can efficiently work either in a transformational period or further step of economic development.

Pluralistic democracy.

At the heart of the concept there is a principle which states that various groups play the main part in the society and personalities live within the groups.  Variety of group interests itself provides political compromise as an integral part of the political process. At the same time, pluralistic democracy implies consensus on basic values which are not to be revised.  Pluralistic democracy concept requires key role of the parliament as well as other representative institutes if political system.  Diversity of group interests generates pluralism of associations influencing state policy. The described model implicates decentralizing of decision-making and  greater impact of local communities and governments.

Developed civic society and social pluralism.

As neither state nor economic relationships can solve all the problems facing society, groups and individuals, civic society is an objective necessity for social sustainable development and favorable social environment.  The following institutional conditions are required for effective civic society evolution:  three-sided partnership “state-civic society-private sector”, participation of civic society in state policy in different fields, opportunity to promote and pursue social interests through political system. Developed civic society implies citizens’ participation in social activities by means of various social and territorial organizations autonomous from state.

Our Tasks

  • Creating of social market scientific school in Belarus, growth of its influence on developing and implementing of economic and social reforms in Belarus.
  • Making an economic model of social market popular in Belarusian society.
  • Contributing into democratization and liberalization of Belarusian political system through consulting NGOs, non-formal education, carrying out studies, preparing analytical work on Belarusian society urgent problems.
  • Developing law projects, programs and recommendations  promoting system transformations in politics, economy, society and regional cooperation, according to the Institute’s Mission
  • Strengthening of cooperation among academicians, public people, NGOs from Belarus and Eastern Europe sharing our values.

Institute’s Team

Institute’s managing director: Dzmity Kukhei

Scientific Board:

Siarhei Lukin, Doctor of Economics (Minsk, Belarus)

Paulius Saudargas, Lithuanian Seim deputy (Vilnius, Lithuania)

Uladzimir Rouda, candidate of philosophical sciences, professor (Minsk, Belarus)

Anatol Astapenka, candidate of Physics and Mathematics, political analyst (Minsk, Belarus)