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Democratic Transition in Slovenia

Value Transformation, Education, and Media

Edited by Sabrina P. Ramet and Danica Fink-Hafner

Publication Year: 2006

“. . . presents a valuable assessment of how Slovenia has been transformed, or not, in the decade since declaring independence in 1991...a welcome contribution. Students of Slovenia will find it valuable, as will those interested in post-communist developments in Central and Eastern Europe.”--Carole Rogel, Emeritus, History Department, Ohio State University

Published by: Texas A&M University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

Th is book would not have been possible without the generosity of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), which provided funding for a conference held in Trondheim on 13-14 June 2003. In particular, we wish to acknowledge the support of Ola Listhaug...

Chronology of the Slovenian Lands

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pp. xi-xviii

Part 1

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1. Values, Norms, and Education

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pp. 3-29

In undertaking an investigation of the relationship between values, the political system, and the specifi c function which education might play in underpinning a sociopolitical system, we are mindful of the fact that this theme occupied the minds of Plato, Erasmus, Helvetius, Locke, Rousseau, Dewey, Durkheim, and others...

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2. Slovenia since 1988: Building Democracy and Liberalism

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pp. 30-51

In the introduction we defined a "civic culture" as a coherent set of values that include tolerance and respect for the harm principle, support for individual rights, popular participation in politics, and human equality. In this chapter we provide an overview of the key developments in Slovenia since the watershed year of 1988 and assess the general tendency...

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3. Slovenian Values in a European Context

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pp. 55-71

This chapter describes the position of the Slovenian public on major values in comparison with other European nations. Th e empirical base for the analysis is the 2002 European Social Survey, which will eventually include 22 countries (19 are in the current data set).1...

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4. Changing Concepts of Rights in Post-Communist Societies

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pp. 72-96

American scholar and judge Thurman Arnold has argued that law can be considered a mechanism of social integration based on the interpretation of societal values, despite the diversity of individuals' beliefs and aspirations. Moreover, the proclamation of symbols such as values, ideals, and ways of thinking about government and society...

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5. Sweden and Slovenia: Civic Values and the EU on the Periphery

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pp. 97-123

The idea of a periphery in political science has involved political, spatial, and economic relations of subordination. It is a widely appropriated idea whose currency has rivaled the most commonplace notions of political discourse. To speak of a peripheral European area and to include Slovenia and Sweden as potential candidates may at once seem...

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6. Values of the Slovenian Population: Local and Collective or Global and Individual?

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pp. 127-147

When speaking of the current historical period of "nation development," Manuel Castells recognizes two phenomena: (a) the disintegration of multinational states, leading to the formation...

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7. The Transformation of Values in the Cultural Sector

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pp. 148-167

The processes which changed the shape of cultural creativity in Slovenia began to appear even before the transition in the political system, which began in the early 1990s. In this chapter I focus on the new directions in cultural creativity that emerged during the time of the DEMOS government...

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8. Media Liberalism

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pp. 168-186

The first forms of media deregulation and liberalization in Slovenia were introduced in the late 1980s before the change of the political system. Literally overnight the majority of the print media were left without state subsidies, which, in addition to direct financial aid, had included discount prices for paper and the artifi cial maintenance...

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9. Slovenian School Reform and Its Values: Between Goals and Reality

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pp. 189-214

School reform in Slovenia is not an isolated phenomenon in today's world. It is just one of many that have been taking place in Central and East European post- Communist countries since the late 1980s. Despite historical and social differences among these countries, their current educational...

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10. Gender Equality in Slovenia: Continuity and Changes in the 1990s

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pp. 215-232

In Socialist times, people were considered to be equal. According to the Slovenian constitution, they were equal regardless of nationality, race, sex, language, and so on. Everyone was said to belong to the working class. All of the adult inhabitants of the Socialist state were workers: physical workers, scientifi c workers, pedagogical workers, cultural workers, political workers, and so forth. The equality of working people was the core of the constitution...

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11. Homosexuality as a Litmus Test of Democracy and Postmodern Value Orientations

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pp. 233-258

On 8 June 2001 Brane Mozetic and Canadian Jean-Paul Daoust, two poets performing at the Ljubljana festival of literature and music known as Ziva knjizevnost, wanted to enter the Cafe Galerija. They were stopped at the entrance by the bouncer, who said they should get...

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Conclusion

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pp. 259-280

This is a book about changes which took place in Slovenia after it became a formally democratic and independent state in the early 1990s. Most of the social scientists and historians who research Slovenia have been writing about these incidents from the perspective...

List of Contributors

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pp. 281-286

Index

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pp. 287-296


E-ISBN-13: 9781603445849
E-ISBN-10: 1603445846
Print-ISBN-13: 9781585445257
Print-ISBN-10: 1585445258

Page Count: 304
Illustrations: 10 tables, 18 figs.
Publication Year: 2006

Series Title: Eugenia & Hugh M. Stewart '26 Series on Eastern Europe

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Subject Headings

  • Slovenia -- Politics and government -- 1990-.
  • Democracy -- Slovenia.
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