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From socialism to peripheral capitalism : The political economy of the double transition in Slovenia

Abstract : This thesis studies the emergence and the development of peripheral capitalism Slovenia. To make an account on the political economy of Slovenia since the late 1980s up to the mid-2010s, this thesis builds on a novel, so-called double post-socialist transition approach that consists of five analytical elements: (1) a presupposition that the socialist system in Yugoslavia was a form of non-capitalist system; (2) a Marxist-inspired concept of transition; (3) an analytical distinction between “internal” and “external” levels in the development of post-socialist capitalism ; (4) two concepts: neoliberal primitive accumulation and dependent integration ; (5) the reconstruction of the analytical space and time.The thesis is divided into six chapters. The studies on the development of post-socialist economies inspired by the Varieties of Capitalism approach are discussed first in order to find research avenues for an alternative theoretical framework. The second chapter elaborates the concept of neoliberal primitive accumulation by examining the Marxist-inspired analysis on past and present practices of primitive accumulation. With respect to the re-integration of the post-socialist economies in the world market, chapter three elaborates the concept of dependent integration, combining insights from the dependency school authors and the critical scholarship on the European integration project. Chapter four contextualises the emergence of capitalist institutions in Slovenia within the demise of Yugoslavia through the neoliberal primitive accumulation (1979–1989). The main outcome of the neoliberal primitive accumulation in Yugoslavia was to “inject” on the world market a new territory of capitalist private property regime regulated by the newly established Slovenian state. Chapter five explores how further development of capitalism in Slovenia was interconnected with the deepening of political and economic dependency of the country on the European political and economic structures (1990–2007). The final chapter discusses how and to what extent the unfolding of the Slovenian Eurozone crisis reinforced the peripherisation of the Slovenian economy (2008–2015).
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Ana Podvršič. From socialism to peripheral capitalism : The political economy of the double transition in Slovenia. Economics and Finance. Université Sorbonne Paris Cité; University of Ljubljana. Faculty of education (Slovénie), 2018. English. ⟨NNT : 2018USPCD046⟩. ⟨tel-02494492⟩

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