The Political Economy Research Group (PERG)
and the Center for the Study of Imperfections in Democracies (DISC)
cordially invites you to an interactive lecture with
Max Weber Program, European University Institute, Florence
Monday, December 5
15:30-17:10 in Popper Room.
The Uncertain Future of Slovenian Exceptionalism
About the lecturer
Igor Guardiancich is a Research Assistant at Max Weber Programme, European University Institute, San Domenico di Fiesole, Firenze, Italy.
About the lecture
The political-economy literature has so far almost unanimously regarded Slovenia as the social-democratic exception in Central and Eastern Europe, due to a combination of highly consensual democratic institutions, low party polarization, strong social partners, and developed social dialogue. However, the situation, since the fall of the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia (LDS), which governed in 1992–2004, seems to be swiftly changing. Polarization has increased, union legitimacy declined, and social dialogue— especially in the aftermath of the 2007–2009 financial crises—has all but collapsed. The 2010 pension reform is an archetypical example of how Slovenia now much more resembles its quarrelsome eastern neighbors than the idealized exception that political scientists usually point at.
About PERG and DISC
PERG is a joint student-faculty political economy research group which brings together members from several CEU departments. It aims at fostering collaborative research among the CEU faculty and students across different departments working in the field of political economy, concentrating primarily, but not exclusively, on the area of Central and Eastern Europe. For more visit: www.ceu.hu/perg and http://pergceu.blogspot.com/.
DISC is a research center at CEU. The center aims to advance the state of research and teaching on democracy to address the challenges faced in present-day research programs, democracies through projects, educational lecture series, and conferences.