Although Slovenia is a small, relatively new nation-state, it has been justifiably called "neocorporatist" and a "coordinated market economy," making it unique among postcommunist societies, including ten new EU member states. The authors explore how it became so, and in the process shed light on the debate between varieties of capitalism (VoC) and power resources theories about how coordinated or neocorporatist economies emerge. Although several of the elements predicted by the varieties of capitalism perspective were present in Slovenia, others were not. The authors also find that a significant mobilization by organized labor at a crucial point played an essential role, and overall find that power resources theory has greater explanatory power in this case. However, in turning from explaining how the Slovenian model was formed to why it was so unique among postcommunist cases, they find that specific historical legacies were critical, particularly those from the distinct Yugoslav form of communism.
Crowley, Stephen, and Miroslav Stanojevic. 2011. "Varieties Of Capitalism, Power Resources, And Historical Legacies: Explaining The Slovenian Exception." Politics & Society 39(2): 268-295.
Politics & Society
Varieties of capitalism, Power resources, Labor, Post-communism, East Central Europe