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Changing Inequalities and Societal Impacts in Rich CountriesThirty Countries' Experiences$
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Brian Nolan, Wiemer Salverda, Daniele Checchi, Ive Marx, Abigail McKnight, István György Tóth, and Herman G. van de Werfhorst

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199687428

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687428.001.0001

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An Equal Society Despite the Transition

(p.593) Chapter 25 Slovenia
Changing Inequalities and Societal Impacts in Rich Countries

Maša Filipovič Hrast

Miroljub Ignjatović

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at inequality trends in the period of transition (and subsequent consolidation) of the Slovenian state. According to the data, inequality in Slovenia remained relatively stable and low over the period from independence in 1991 up to the end of 2008, when the current economic crisis hit the country. One would expect transitional turbulences to have a significant impact on poverty levels, material deprivation, social exclusion, and inequality in society. This impact was noticeably reduced by actions on the part of the state. However, the recent economic crisis has had a significant impact on people’s living circumstances (seen in indicators such as material deprivation, unemployment rates, etc.). The chapter highlights groups that are more vulnerable in Slovenian society, along with the policies pursued to mitigate the risk for these groups.

Keywords:   stable inequality, transition, Slovenia, drivers of inequality, education, wealth, poverty, social exclusion, political participation, welfare state

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