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Quo Vadis, Slovenia? Between Framework Conditions and Internal Capabilities


  • Borut Roncevic

    (University and Research Centre, Novo Mesto, and the School of Advanced Social Studies, Nova Gorica, Slovenia.)

  • Janez Sustersic

    (University of Primorska, Faculty of Management, Slovenia.)

  • Peter Wostner

    (Government Office for Local Self-Government and Regional Policy, Slovenia)

  • Tamara Besednjak Valic

    (School of Advanced Social Studies, Nova Gorica, Slovenia.)


We consider the new EU member states as semi-peripheral countries standing at the development crossroads. We emphasize the sociocultural factors of development, present a model for bringing together several cultural and social influences, and test its validity by applying a fuzzy-set methodology, a rather novel approach in social sciences. We augment our analysis of internal socio-cultural factors by considering the likely changes in the external framework conditions. Focusing on demography, technology, and global economic and political structures, we outline possible scenarios for European development that will certainly affect the chances of individual countries. As our contribution, we discuss the interplay between such framework conditions and internal development capabilities and draw some implication for the case of Slovenia.

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  • Borut Roncevic & Janez Sustersic & Peter Wostner & Tamara Besednjak Valic, 2010. "Quo Vadis, Slovenia? Between Framework Conditions and Internal Capabilities," Managing Global Transitions, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper, vol. 8(4), pages 353-380.
  • Handle: RePEc:mgt:youmgt:v:8:y:2010:i:4:p:353-380

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    development; socio-cultural factors of development; long-run scenarios;

    JEL classification:

    • E66 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - General Outlook and Conditions
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O20 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - General
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification


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