Slovenia: Social, Economic and Environmental Issues


Series: European Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: POL058000

This book analyzes the characteristics and outcomes of the transition process in Slovenia, a relatively young and independent country, from different perspectives. It presents its main achievements as well as its current dilemmas and challenges, among them the causes for systemic dysfunctions, political instability and weak social integration. It is a collection of readings from various scientific disciplines and professions, as well as from different generations of researchers. The approach to the analysis is multidisciplinary and comparative. It combines the fields of sociology, history, geography, political science, law, economics, environmental studies as well as their subfields and intersections. It is an interdisciplinary work in the true sense of the word, based on previous studies and discussions of the status and trends of social development in Slovenia.

It should be stressed that the Slovenian authors summarize and critically evaluate the findings, and interpretations of international authors (authors who observe Slovenian society from an external perspective) and who concentrated on a certain aspect of social dynamics follow. It presents the post-transitional challenges in the field of RD&I, rule of law, civil society, human capital and problems with the employment of graduates, the role of meritocratic principles in selection of candidates for leading positions, structural budget deficits and problems with indebtedness. Also, aspects of sustainable regional development, which are all aspects of the future society, are elaborated upon.

The compendium is divided into four parts. First is the introductory part, which is followed by the legal-political aspect. The third section covers the socio-economic part, and finally the environmental aspect and sustainable development including organic farming and tourism is presented in the fourth section. The authors believe that this book will provoke interest both with social scientists who deal with Eastern European studies, as well as with those who are particularly interested in Slovenia, its history, and in particular, its political, economic, cultural and ecological developments since its independence. The volume will also be interesting for think-tanks who are seeking economic and political information about the current situation and trends in Slovenia, journalists and students of history, anthropology or sociology of Eastern Europe as well as experts of Slavic studies. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Part One: Introduction

Chapter 1. Slovenia: Ethnic, Historical and Geopolitical Dimensions
Klemenèiè, Matjaž and Zupanèiè, Jernej, Matjaž Klemenèiè (Univ. Prof., PhD, University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts, Department of History, Koroška cesta, MARIBOR, Slovenia, and others)

Chapter 2. Slovenia in a Context of (Post) Transition: How we can Acquire More Comprehensive Knowledge about the Result of the “Transition” and Future Trend
Frane Adam (IRSA – Institute for Development and Strategic Analyses, Slovenia)

Part Two: Political-Legal Aspects

Chapter 3. Crisis and (Re) Structuring of the Slovenian Political Space
Matevž Tomšiè (School of Advanced Social Studies in Nova Gorica. Faculty of Information Studies in Novo mesto, Slovenia)

Chapter 4. Slovenia in Crisis: From a Success Story to a Failed State?
Alenka Kuhelj and Bojan Bugariè (Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and others)

Chapter 5. How to Reform the Rule of Law in Slovenia?
Matej Avbelj (Associate Professor of European Law, Graduate School of Government and European Studies, Slovenia)

Chapter 6. Slovenia: From Apparent (Transitional) Stability to a Post-Transitional Drifting Society
Frane Adam (IRSA – Institute for Development and Strategic Analyses, Slovenia)

Chapter 7. Slovenia’s Civil Society: Developments, Dilemmas and Challenges
Igor Bahovec and Peter Rožiè (University of Ljubljana, Institute for Developmental and Strategic Analysis, Slovenia)

Part Three: Socio-Economic Part

Chapter 8. The Slovenian Economy – Yesterday and Today
Justinek Gorazd (International Business at the Graduate school for governmental and European studies, Kranj, Slovenia)

Chapter 9. Slovenia’s Structural Deficit Challenges
Jorg Kristijan Petroviè (Deputy President of the Slovenian Court of Audit and a member of its senate, Slovenia)

Chapter 10. RD&I Policy Decision-Making in Slovenia during the Transition: Lost Opportunities and Challenges for a More Innovative Economic and Democratic Development
Franc Mali and Toni Pustovrh (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Kardeljeva, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Chapter 11. The Practical Suspension of Slovenian Employment Legislation
Gorazd Kovaèiè (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Department of Sociology, Slovenia)

Chapter 12. Managing Human Capital and Knowledge Transfer: Dysfunctions of Youth Education and Employment
Darka Podmenik and Angelca Ivanèiè (Senior Researchers, Institute IRSA, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Chapter 13. Narratives on Success and Society: Negotiating Egalitarianism and Meritocracy in Everyday Talk
Andreja Trdina (Assistant Professor at Faculty of Tourism, University of Maribor, Slovenia)

Part Four: Environmental Issues

Chapter 14. (Un)Sustainable Regional Development Trends of Slovenia
Katja Vintar Mally and Dušan Plut (Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Aškerèeva cesta, Ljubljana, Slovenia, and others)

Chapter 15. Environmental Trends and Perspectives in Slovenia
Pavel Gantar (PhD in Sociology, retired)

Chapter 16. An Overview of Organic Farming and Tourism on Organic Farms in Slovenia
Dane Podmenik and Simon Kerma (Eko-Humanitatis Institute, C. Zore Perello Godina, Koper, Slovenia, and others)

About the Editor/Authors


– Social scientists and researchers from humanities
– Social scientists and researchers from humanities specialized in Eastern European Studies
– Journalists and think-tanks who are seeking economic and political information about the current situation and trends in Slovenia
– Economists who are seeking economic and political information about the current situation and trends in Slovenia
– Students studying history, anthropology or sociology of Eastern Europe
– experts on Slavic studies


“For anyone interested in the recent politics of Slovenia, this interdisciplinary volume is an excellent introduction. Frane Adam should be praised for bringing together such a high profile and respected group of authors. For a relatively new country, this volume highlights the challenges presented by globalization, EU membership and the impact of the financial crisis of 2012/13 on the political and socio-economic institutions of Slovenia. The focus on legal, economic and environmental issues provides many fascinating insights into the contemporary debates within an important country in the region. It is thus of interest to readers with an interest in Central Europe and the Western Balkans but also for those people interested in how a country has managed a transition to independence whilst at the same time managing the demands of EU membership and subsequently a major economic crisis. This volume highlights to what extent and at what cost Slovenia has managed these transitions.” – <strong>Simon Lightfoot, PhD, Senior Lecturer in European Politics, University of Leeds, UK

“This is an interesting and rich volume on nowadays Slovenia, a small, newly independent country with a Slavic ethic majority of the somewhat more than two million inhabitants. Slovenia was a relative poor region of Austria-Hungary until 1918, but then became the richest part of newly established Yugoslavia until 1991. As an independent country, it is far the richest among the transforming countries in Eastern Europe. Its per capita GDP is much higher than any other former communist countries and reached 91 percent of the EU’s average before the crisis.” href=”” target=”_blank”>READ MORE… Ivan T. Berend, Distinguished Research Professor, University of California Los Angeles

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