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Summary: The development of political science in Slovenia has a long tradition. Established formally in 1964 and being initially limited by the dominant ideology in the former Socialist Yugoslavia, it was slowly developing, both in teaching and research, maintaining at the same time some space for free debate. The discipline's final modernization and professionalization was a result of democratization process connected closely with the emancipation of Slovenia from the Yugoslav federation. After 1989 and especially after Slovenia's independence in 1991 Slovenian political science research greatly expanded in its interests and abilities Teaching and research in political theory, political institutions, political culture, public policy and administration, international relations and security have been instrumental for the understanding of the new dynamic political processes in the country and in the new international surrounding. Joining the EU and other international organizations was a new challenge for political science expanding its interests on the EU policies. The third period of its development is marked by economic crisis opening the question of the role and purpose of the political science also in the wider context.
The development of the political science in Slovenia may be conceived and investigated only in relation to the wider development of political science in the world taking into account the particular circumstances of the previous integration of Slovenes in the bigger states and disintegration of the Socialist Yugoslav federation at the end of the 1980s. Analysing the development of political science in Slovenia therefore requires a “political sociology” of political science, involving the exploration of a considerable number of political, historical, economic and other factors (internal, external and international) which have influenced the discipline's evolution and at the same time were limiting or increasing its potentials.
Political science has not existed in Slovenia at least formally before the Second World War. We could find some elements of the basic ideas in the works of the first Slovene protestant writers in the 16th century describing the new type of a democratic organization of the believers within the Protestant Church.
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