Keywords: green economics, biographical methods, Slovenia, economic development, Slovene directors, socialism, entrepreneurship, planners, searchers
Slovene directors as searchers: tying the local socialist system to the outside world
We look at the role of some of the key Slovene directors during socialism in order to shed some light on how Slovenia developed comparatively well under socialism while elsewhere the results of the socialist experiment were mostly disappointing. The analysis presented here uses interviews from the research project Habitus of the Slovene Entrepreneur between 1960 and 1990. We make use of William Easterly's (2006) distinction between 'planners' and 'searchers' in his book The White Man's Burden (Penguin, New York), where he criticises the top-down implementation of Western-style markets and economic recipes in developing countries. Slovenia developed a unique system during the socialist experiment, but rather than focusing on how that system was supposed to work from a planner's perspective, we look here at the role of key managers as searchers who had to find ways to drive the development their own parts of that system.