Democratic Transition in Slovenia

Democratic Transition in Slovenia : Value Transformation, Education, and Media

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The first of the Yugoslav successor states to succeed in building a democratic system and to enter the European Union, Slovenia stands as a model for democratic transition. Here, Ramet and Fink-Hafner have assembled a team of outstanding specialists to analyze various aspects of the country's transformation from socialism to democracy. The editors note that while a great deal has been written on political and economic questions, relatively little attention has been paid to the transformation and transmission of values and norms in Eastern Europe over the past fifteen years. Slovenia's experience demonstrates how a small country has created the preconditions necessary to the construction of a civic, democratic culture. Six values are emphasized as central to this project: tolerance, equality, church-state separation, respect for democratic procedure and the rule of law, human rights, and civic-mindedness.
The volume editors join the other contributors in discussing the manner in which Slovenia has set out to build democracy, the ways in which values are transmitted, the role of the media in a free society, the structure of educational systems, and other questions that concern anyone who aspires to live in an open, democratic society.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 162.6 x 241.3 x 22.9mm | 362.88g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 18 figures, 11 tables, index
  • 1585445258
  • 9781585445257

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." . . 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
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About Sabrina Petra Ramet

SABRINA P. RAMET is professor of political science at the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU). She studied philosophy at Stanford University and earned her Ph.D. in political science from UCLA. DANICA FINK-HAFNER is professor of political parties, interest groups, and policy analysis at the University of Ljubljana.
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