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The dynamics of elites and the type of capitalism: Slovenian exceptionalism?

Elitendynamik und Kapitalismustyp: Sonderfall Slovenien?
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Adam, Frane; Tomsic, Matevz

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Abstract "The configuration of elites, i.e. relationships between different factions of the political elite or between the political elite and other elites, along with the elite's prevailing cultural patterns, exert a strong impact on the course of societal development. Therefore, in order to understand the transitional process in Slovenia, it is necessary to analyze the character of political elites its evolution and dynamics in terms of reproduction/ circulation. The thesis is that the elite configuration and cultural profile decisively determined the selection of the particular model of socio-economic regulation and, consequently, the type of capitalism that was formed to replace the previous system. However, the changes and events connected with financial crisis and economic crisis after 2008 may indicate that entire architecture of Slovenian social corporatism in the framework of state (national) type of capitalism generated a sort of immobilismo and inability to execute the necessary reforms." (author's abstract)
Keywords Slovenia; transformation; post-socialist country; capitalism; state capitalism; corporatism; consensus; economic crisis; historical analysis; political change; parliament; democracy; declaration of independence; political system; party; election result; conflict; political elite; reform; financial crisis
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; General History
Method descriptive study; historical
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 53-70
Journal Historical Social Research, 37 (2012) 2
Issue topic Politische und funktionale Eliten in postsozialistischer Transformation: Mittel- und Osteuropa seit 1989/90 / Political and functional elites in Post-Socialist transformation: Central and East Europe since 1989/90
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works