35 / 2012
Mitja Durnik, Jure Gombač

Theorizing the Potential of Political Economy and Social Economy Approaches in Studying the Structure of Ethnic Economies


The main goal of the present paper is to identify commonalities and differences in the structure of ethnic economies in Canada and Slovenia. Keeping in mind the theoretical and practical differences between the North American and European approaches to ethnic economies, we show the wider significance of the concept in the light of some important findings from Canadian political economy theory and praxis, Horvat’s political economy approach and approaches common to various views in the social economy literature. Consequently, the evaluation of state integration in ethnic economies is also considered.

KEY WORDS: ethnic economy, comparative political economy, social economy, capitalism, transformation, Slovenia, Canada