Varieties of Capitalism, Power Resources, and Historical Legacies: Explaining the Slovenian Exception

40 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 14 Sep 2009

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Stephen Crowley

Oberlin College - Department of Politics

Miroslav Stanojevic

University of Ljubljana

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

What might Slovenia -- a small, relatively new nation-state -- tell us about debates in comparative political economy? Arguably quite a bit. Slovenia has been justifiably called “neocorporatist” and a “coordinated market economy,” making it unique among postcommunist societies, including ten new EU member states. We explore how it became so, and in the process shed light on the debate between varieties of capitalism and power resource theories about how coordinated or neocorporatist economies emerge. While several of the elements predicted by the varieties of capitalism perspective were present in Slovenia, others were not. We also find that a significant mobilization by organized labor played an essential role, lending support to power resource theory. Moreover, we find that specific historical legacies were critical, particularly those from the distinct Yugoslav form of communism. In short, the reasons for Slovenia’s postcommunist neocoporatism are complex, and while the Slovenian case suggests alternative paths of development remain viable, it is not a model that could be followed easily.

Keywords: Postcommunism, labor, Slovenia, varieties of capitalism, legacies, power resource theory

Suggested Citation

Crowley, Stephen and Stanojevic, Miroslav, Varieties of Capitalism, Power Resources, and Historical Legacies: Explaining the Slovenian Exception (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1449010

Stephen Crowley (Contact Author)

Oberlin College - Department of Politics ( email )

Oberlin, OH 44074
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.oberlin.edu/politics/crowley/default.htm

Miroslav Stanojevic

University of Ljubljana ( email )

Dunajska 104
Ljubljana, 1000
Slovenia

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