Call for papers

Faculty of Law and Business Studies at the Catholic Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia is organising on September 22 -23 2022 a two day international scientific conference Transition 2022. The Conference will bring together the thoughts and analyses of scholars addressing the development, performance, and challenges of transition economies.

  •  The overall conference topic is: Still systemic change, transformation or a backslide transition?

Submit your paper

Important Dates


  • Abstracts due by:
    June 30th, 2022
  • Abstract acceptance notification:
    September 14th, 2022
  • Full papers due by:
    October 30th, 2022
  • Authors/presenters registration deadline on:
    August 12th, 2022
  • Program of the conference finalized:
    August 15th, 2022

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):

  • Still systemic change, transformation or a backslide transition?
  • Transition ex-post: not an uniform path?
  • Economic freedom, property rights and the rule of law, forgotten guidelines?
  • Economic roots of populism in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Who pulls the strings in the political economy of transition economies: the state, parallel networks, or mafia?
  • “Sustainability” – any substance or relevance for transition economies.
  • Tax policy and its effects in transition economies.
  • Entrepreneurship development in transition economies: the story of increasing divergence
  • The economics of energy and political constraints.
  • The role of global value chains in transition economies.
  • Population and migration policies in transition economies.
  • Illegal migration and individual property rights.
  • Return of state terror and its economic aspects: Belarus and beyond.
  • COVID-19 policies and aftermath.

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: papers@transition.si or submitted through the bottom form (accessible via the CTA):

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:

  • Péter Ákos Bod; (Professor, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary)
  • Philip Booth; (Professor, St. Mary’s University, London, UK)
  • 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)
  • Gorazd Justinek; (Associate Professor, Faculty of Government and European Studies, New University, Slovenia)
  • Silvana Malle; (Emeritus Professor, Department of Economic Science, Verona University Santa Marta, Centre for International Studies, Italy)
  • Tomasz Mickiewicz; (Professor, Aston Business School, UK)
  • 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; (Dean, 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; ( Associate Professor , FPV – Faculty of Law and Business Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • Valentina Vučković; (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, Croatia)Best regards