Morality, normativity, and economic development in Slovakia

David Karjanen

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This article examines debates over local economic development policies and practices in contemporary Slovakia, particularly regarding property and land development. Debates about economic development often occur in relation to economic outcomes, driven by quantitative data and empirical assessments provided by city officials or consultants. In this article, I find that such debates are more likely to be driven by normative concerns, including moral outcomes. I develop a theoretical framework to understand why policy debates occur not in purely objective terms, but the more subjective normative and moral frameworks. The analysis provides greater insight into political debates and policymaking in the postsocialist context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-40
Number of pages14
JournalStudies of Transition States and Societies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Debate
  • Economic development
  • Morality
  • Property
  • Slovakia


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