Call for papers

Faculty of Law and Business Studies at the Catholic Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia is organising a two day conference Thirty Years of Transition. Each day of the conference will be devoted to one topic:

  • Thursday, September 24th: Criticism of State Socialism – Still Relevant?
  • Friday, September 25th: Business Environment and Corruption in Transition Economies

Submit your paper

The Conference will bring together the thoughts and analyses of scholars addressing the development, performance and challenges of transition economies. Moreover, the aim of the Conference is also to mark Ljubo Sirc’s centenary. Ljubo Sirc was one of the first scholars to criticise thoroughly the deficiencies of state socialism, especially in the area of investment inefficiency, lack of entrepreneurship and poor institutions.

Important Dates

  • Abstracts due by:
    September 10th, 2020
  • Abstract acceptance notification:
    September 12th, 2020
  • Full papers due by:
    November 30th, 2020
  • Authors/presenters registration deadline on:
    September 12th,2020
  • Program of the conference finalized:
    September 12th, 2020
  • Late registration for non-presenting participants only:
    September 17th 2020.

We invite you to submit an abstract and/or a paper to attend the conference. We encourage authors to explore questions including (but not limited to):

Criticism of State Socialism – Still Relevant?

  • State socialism: remnants or resurrection? A comparative perspective.

(transition and advanced economies; different trajectories of transition; signs of reversive transition; role of the state; populism and protectionism; environmentalism and anti-capitalism; fiscal and monetary policies;  structural reforms; property rights enforcement and the rule of law)

  • European Union: accession and integration policies.

(the legal framework; decision-making rules; conditional transfers; sustainable immigration and welfare)

  • Political competition and economic

(public versus private sector in health and education policies; regulation – too much, too little or bad regulation? socialist conceptions of the role of state in the democracy)

Business Environment and Corruption in Transition Economies

  • Business environment, market drivers and ethics

(market frameworks; formal and informal practices; corruption; competition; digital economy; institutional upgrading; expertise and integrity of the judiciary; privacy and personal data protection; trade openness and foreign direct investment;)

  • Legacy or not

(institutional traps that are not legacy of the past but have emerged from the transition process itself;  business elites and top management teams; clandestine networks; government sponsored crime; role of trade unions).

To be included in the Conference Programme and presented at the steep Conference, papers or abstracts have to be submitted on time and must be approved by reviewers.

Submitted papers must not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

The Catholic Institute will publish the papers given at the Conference in its scientific journal Res Novae.  High quality papers will be considered for publication in Post-Communist Economies. At least one author of the abstract or a paper should participate at the conference and present the research within the conference programme. Conference participants are not obliged to publish their paper(s) in the Conference proceedings.

Notes for Prospective Authors

All abstracts/papers must be submitted in English in PDF format. The submission should be sent as PDF attachment by email to the main Conference email address: or submitted through the bottom form (accessible via the CTA):

Submit your paper

The name of the file must consist of the first/main author’s surname and the research stream the paper belongs to (as listed in this Call – f.i. “Kovac_The role of values and rhetoric on the path to market economy”)The following document(s)o documents should be submitted. The first document should include:

  • Title of the paper
  • Author’s name, surname, university/institution, faculty/department, postal address, city, country, telephone, email. Corresponding author should be indicated
  • Abstract (min. 100 – max. 200 words, up to 400 words is permitted for authors that intend to submit abstract only)
  • Keywords and JEL codes

The second document (for full paper authors only) should be fully anonymized and should include:

  • Title of the paper
  • Abstract (min. 100 – max. 200 words)
  • Keywords and JEL codes
  • Full paper min. 3500 – max. 8000 words, including references and tables

Awards for the Best Paper and the Best Presentation

The Programme Committee Members will select the four best papers submitted to the conference. Taken into consideration will be relevance to the scope of the conference, together with the scientific contribution and innovativeness of the paper.

The first prize will be €400 and prizes of €200 each for three runners-up.

In addition, there will be an award for the most outstanding presentation during the conference. The impact of the presentation will be considered and whether the speaker is inspiring and authoritative.

Publishing Opportunities

  1. All abstracts will be included in the Book of Abstracts.
  2. All papers will be privately distributed among conference participants.
  3. Conference Proceedings with ISBN will be published as a special issue of the Catholic Institute scientific journal Res Novae. Authors can choose to have their paper included in the proceedings.
  4. Post-Communist Economies will consider conference papers for publication. Selected papers need to be extended and adapted according to the journal’s requirements.

Conference Programme Committee:

  • Mirela Alpeza; (Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, J.J. Strossmayer University, Osijek & Managing Director, CEPOR – SME policy think tank, Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Anže Burger; (Associate Professor, Faculty for Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • Martina Basarac Sertić; (Research Associate, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Economic Research Division, Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Alexander Chepurenko, (Distinguished Professor, Head of the School of Sociology, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)
  • Richard Connolly; (Senior Lecturer and Co-director of the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES), University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Philip Hanson OBE; (Professor Emeritus, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham, Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House UK)
  • Silvana Malle; (Emeritus Professor, Department of Economic Science, Verona University Santa Marta, Centre for International Studies, Italy)
  • Tomasz Mickiewicz; (Professor, Aston Business School, UK)
  • John H. Moore; (President Emeritus, Grove City College, Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Svetozar Pejovich; (Professor of Economics Emeritus at Texas A&M University, Senior Research Fellow for the International Centre for Economic Research in Torino, Italy)
  • Rado Pezdir; (Senior Lecturer, International School For Social and Business Studies, Celje, Slovenia)
  • Abel Polese; (Senior Research Fellow, School of Governance, Law and Society, Tallinn University, Estonia & Senior Research Fellow, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Republic of Ireland)
  • Krassen Stanchev; (Professor, Sofia University, Bulgaria)
  • Mitja Steinbacher; (Assistant Professor, FPV – Faculty of Law and Business Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • Ružica Šimić Banović; (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Zagreb University, Croatia)
  • Vlatka Škokić, Associate Professor, University of Split, Faculty of Economics, Split, Croatia & Visiting Research Fellow, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
  • Janez Šušteršič;(Professor, International School For Social and Business Studies, Celje, Slovenia)
  • Zoran Vaupot;(Dean – FPV – Faculty of Law and Business Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • Valentina Vučković; (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Andrei Yakovlev; (Professor, Director of HSE Institute for Industrial and Market Studies, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)