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Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.06.01  Social sciences  Political science  Politology 

Code Science Field
5.06  Social Sciences  Political science 
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Researchers (6)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  25453  PhD Tomaž Deželan  Political science  Researcher  2009 - 2012  366 
2.  03703  PhD Danica Fink Hafner  Political science  Head  2009 - 2012  682 
3.  32506  Matej Knep  Political science  Technical associate  2010 - 2012  35 
4.  20223  PhD Simona Kustec  Political science  Researcher  2009 - 2012  471 
5.  22333  PhD Damjan Lajh  Political science  Researcher  2009 - 2012  507 
6.  32315  PhD Urška Štremfel  Educational studies  Researcher  2010 - 2012  380 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0582  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences  Ljubljana  1626957  40,348 
Significance for science
The project is theoretically extensively and complexly designed. It is based on a wellconsidered selection of various political science theories and concepts, which especially includes theories of Europeanisation, multilevel policymaking, approaches of new institutionalism, concepts of policy networks and related theories of governance and policy styles. Research results (especially results of internationally comparative studies) are valuable in the process of the (re)formation of institutions in Slovenia as Slovenian society and its political (sub)system is adjusting to the social, politicocultural and institutional environment of the European Union. In the context of the Europeanisation of Slovenian politics, the more important are questions concerning strengthening the competent work of the Slovenian public administration as well as civil society in the new circumstances of policymaking, where the enforcement of Slovenian interests or interests of Slovenian actors is relatively difficult and complex. It is expected that Slovenian political institutions will show greater interest in cooperating with political scientists in the future – especially in relation to the specific questions of institutionbuilding and building of communication channels for more efficient multilevel political decisionmaking and the implementation of common European policies and their prevailing modes of governance (such as with the open method of coordination) in Slovenia. Thus, the research will contribute to: a) national knowledge of international opportunities and weaknesses of the functioning of Slovenia’s political system and political science in the relation to the open method of coordination; b) knowledge about the open method of coordination and the position of Slovenia in the EU policy arena (especially through foreign publications, presenting research results in the framework of international collaboration with other scientists and institutions, participation at conferences and workshops). In the framework of European integration, the dissemination of the research results is particularly important for revealing both similarities and dissimilarities between Slovenia and new and old EU members. The research will also contribute to: c) the development of Slovenian political science terminology, the consolidation of democratic practices in the education field; d) consolidation of democratic policy praxis; and e) Slovenian political science earning greater recognition within the international political science community (especially by publishing research results abroad and participating in international research projects, networks, regional and global political science associations).
Significance for the country
The project and its research results will significantly improve the insight into and understanding of the changing interrelationship between society and the state in the context of Slovenia’s integration into the European Union looking initially at the meso (policy) level. For the first time, the work of civil servants and (trans) formation of their relationship with experts and nongovernmental actors in the open method of coordination framework will be holistically evaluated in Slovenia. The project will reveal specific institutionally and behaviourally explainable problems regarding Slovenia lagging behind in some policy areas where EU policy goals are relatively clearly set (also priorities in the call for project proposals). The revelation of effects of (non) usage of the open method of coordination on national policymaking will help determine the type of Slovenia’s policy learning in all the main types (levels of institutionalisation) of the OMC and provide feedback to Slovenia’s political decision makers and nongovernmental actors for (re)defining the national strategy of policy learning in the EU context. In addition, the project by itself includes achieving one of the Slovenian Research Agency’s policy goals – the inclusion of internationally recognised researchers in a Slovenian research team enhancing the quality of research in Slovenia and ensuring high impact, co-authored publications. Besides that, the project will ensure a highly valuable synergy between the internationalisation of the research team’s work and internationalisation of postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana by excellent foreign researchers’ lectures and (co) mentorship to students of political science programmes in the field of policy analysis and public administration.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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