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A Survey of Work and Theoretical Thought of Three Slovenian Economists from 1920 - 1984: Aleksander Bilimovič, Ciril Žebot, Ljubo Sirc.

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.02.01  Social sciences  Economics  Economy sciences 

Code Science Field
H130  Humanities  History of philosophy 
H250  Humanities  Contemporary history (since 1914) 
H270  Humanities  Social and economic history 
H271  Humanities  Political history 
S180  Social sciences  Economics, econometrics, economic theory, economic systems, economic policy 
S183  Social sciences  Cyclical economics 
S184  Social sciences  Economic planning 
S196  Social sciences  Social economics 
The Slovenian History of 20. Century, Economics, History of Economic Thought, Socialism, Capitalism, Liberalism, Corporativism
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (4)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  12226  PhD Alja Brglez  Historiography  Head  2005 - 2007  103 
2.  26390  Tomaž Dintinjana  Political science  Researcher  2005 
3.  10900  PhD Igor Grdina  Historiography  Researcher  2005 - 2007  1,718 
4.  24555  PhD Barbara Vogrinec Švigelj  Philosophy  Researcher  2005 - 2006  81 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  1636  Institute of Civilisation and culture, ICC  Ljubljana  1196901  154 
The research will follow the lives and work of three Slovenian dissident economists: Aleksander Bilimovič, a Professor of Political Economy and Statistics at the University of Kiev, emigrated to the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians in 1920, and got professorship of National Economy at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana. In addition to his pedagogical work, he wrote a series of excellent papers here in the years during the war that were published in Slovene, as well as foreign publications. With them, he helped establish the young University of Ljubljana internationally. Professor Bilimovič was a member of Econometric Society and regularly exchanged letters with one of the most important and renowned economists of the 20th century, Friedrich Hayek, who, paradoxically, was better known in Slovenia than Bilimovič himself, since his book The Road to Serfdom was translated into Slovenian. After the World War II, Bilimovič moved to the USA, and his work was generally forgotten. Ciril Žebot, Doctor of Laws, specialized in economical issues and published his first book, Korporativno narodno gospodarstvo (Corporative National Economy), the result of his research in Milan in 1939. After returning to Yugoslavia, he became a docent at Ljubljana's Faculty of Law. After Italy's capitulation, he moved to Rome and later to the USA. He was invited to work as an editor of "Review of Social Economy" there, and he also wrote articles for Freiburg University's "Politeia" and Milan University's "Rivista Internazionale di scienze sociali" publications. After getting professorship at Georgetown University, he published two very resounding books; The Economics of Competitive Coexistence, and, as a co-author, Laissez-faire Pluralism. In his productive scientific and academic life, his articles were also published in "Wall Street Journal", "New York Times", and "Washington Post". He was a member of American Economic Society, Catholic Economic Society, and Society for Comparative Economic Studies. In Slovenia, however, Žabot's work was unknown, even forbidden. Ljubo Sirc, Doctor of Economics, graduated at Ljubljana's Faculty of Law, was a member of Yugoslav resistance movement, and, because of contacts with Western allies, sentenced to death under the communist regime. His sentence was later reduced to 20 years in prison, where he actually spent 7 years. After moving to England, he got his Ph.D. at the University of Glasgow, and became a Professor of Economical Theory there. In 1980s, he was one of the world's leading experts for the study of communist economic systems. In 1984, he founded the Centre for Research into Communist Economies in London. Professor Sirc was a member of Mount Pelerin Society, a liberal economical association.
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