DISC Lecture Series: "The Uncertain Future of Slovenian Exceptionalism" by Igor Guardiancich

Date: 
December 5, 2011 - 15:30 - 17:10
Building: 
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Room: 
Popper Room
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DISC Lecture Series: "The Uncertain Future of Slovenian Exceptionalism" by  Igor Guardiancich

Igor Guardiancich, from the the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute in Florence will give a talk on The Uncertain Future of Slovenian Exceptionalism. 

Short description of the talk:

The political-economy literature has so far almost unanimously regarded Slovenia asthe social-democratic exception in Central and eastern europe, due to a combinationof highly consensual democratic institutions, low party polarization, strong social part-ners, and developed social dialogue. However, the situation, since the fall of the LiberalDemocracy of Slovenia (LDS), which governed in 1992–2004, seems to be swiftlychanging. Polarization has increased, union legitimacy declined, and social dialogue—especially in the aftermath of the 2007–2009 financial crisis—has all but collapsed.The 2010 pension reform is an archetypical example of how Slovenia now much moreresembles its quarrelsome eastern neighbours than the idealized exception that politi-cal scientists usually point at.