Quo Vadis, Slovenia? Between Framework Conditions and Internal Capabilities
Peter Wostner and
Tamara Besednjak Valic Additional contact information Borut Roncevic: University and Research Centre, Novo Mesto, and the School of Advanced Social Studies, Nova Gorica, Slovenia.
Peter Wostner: Government Office for Local Self-Government and Regional Policy, Slovenia
Tamara Besednjak Valic: School of Advanced Social Studies, Nova Gorica, Slovenia.
We consider the new EU member states as semi-peripheral countries standing at the development crossroads. We emphasize the sociocultural factors of development, present a model for bringing together several cultural and social influences, and test its validity by applying a fuzzy-set methodology, a rather novel approach in social sciences. We augment our analysis of internal socio-cultural factors by considering the likely changes in the external framework conditions. Focusing on demography, technology, and global economic and political structures, we outline possible scenarios for European development that will certainly affect the chances of individual countries. As our contribution, we discuss the interplay between such framework conditions and internal development capabilities and draw some implication for the case of Slovenia.