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NUMERO 14 - 12/06/2024

 From a 'textbook' example of democratic transition to political fragmentation: Slovenia in the EU elections arena

Slovenia has always been regarded as a “textbook example” of positive democratic transition. In this process, political and sociological pre-conditions played a key role, along with the successful legalistic approach adopted by the main political actors in the creation of a parliamentary institutional system. Among the post-socialist countries that have joined the European Union, Slovenia has been consistently evaluated as a liberal democracy since its transition. The liberal democracy index in this former Yugoslav republic, rose swiftly in the early 1990s and has remained relatively stable since. Slovenia’s unique success can be attributed to several factors. In particular, strong economic connections with Western European countries, which facilitated significant social modernization, has created a more robust socio-economic foundation than that developed in many other post-socialist nations during their transitions. Additionally, gradualism in realizing political reforms, cautious acceptance of advice from international financial organizations, relatively homogeneous ethnic composition, and minimal damage from the Balkan wars of the 1990s have all contributed to its results… (continues)

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