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Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Volume 1: Institutional Engineering$
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Jan Zielonka

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244089

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199244081.001.0001

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Slovenia: From Elite Consensus to Democratic Consolidation

Slovenia: From Elite Consensus to Democratic Consolidation

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(p.378) 14 Slovenia: From Elite Consensus to Democratic Consolidation
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Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Volume 1: Institutional Engineering
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Milo Cerar

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199244081.003.0014

Describes how the Slovenian transition from communism to democratic consolidation influenced the institutional engineering in Slovenia. Since there was no real tradition of statehood or experience with state‐building in Slovenia, the establishment of a new constitutional structure after its break from Yugoslavia was immensely important both as a foundation for the new political and economic system and as the country's calling card for entry into the international community. The chapter indicates the positive and negative aspects of institutional engineering in Slovenia. Although Slovenian political elites arrived at a consensus on almost all of the pressing issues involved in democracy‐ and state‐building quickly, the result of the quick adoption of the Constitution left important issues unresolved, and ultimately hampered the legislative process. Despite the political turbulence that continues to dominate Slovene politics, democratic consolidation in Slovenia can be regarded as largely achieved.

Keywords:   constitution, democratic consolidation, democratic transition, institutional engineering, international community, political elites, Slovenia, state‐building, statehood, Yugoslavia

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