Recent publications from Centre of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Autumn 2016

CIR LjubljanaMarko Lovec, European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy Reforms, September 2016

This book engages in the controversies of the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reforms, demonstrating how these are reiterated by mainstream theoretical approaches in the field.

Udovič, Boštjan et al., The Impact of Stereotypes on Cooperation in Western Balkans, November 2016

In the special issue of Theory and Practice (orig. Teorija in praksa) you will find several papers by members of the Centre of International Relations. The papers in the journal focus on the impact of stereotypes on political as well as economic cooperation between Ex-Yugoslav countries 25 years after its turbulent disaggregation.


Metka Stare, Role of Services in Global Value Chains, December 2016

Metka Stare from the Centre of International Relations recently published a monograph on the ‘Role of Services in Global Value Chains’ in which she addressed the lack of a holistic approach to studying services. The focus of her book is thus on characteristics of pure service value chains, where services and/or service functions master the entire value chain. The analysis of the patterns of five companies‘ integration into GVCs allows to identify the key functions in the business process that create the highest value added. This serves as the basis to discuss the suitability of the conceptual approach for studying the global value chains in manufacturing for services global value chains. In addition, the main benefits, barriers and risks of company‘s engagement in GVCs are uncovered and a distinction made between those within own GVCs compared to those when collaborating in other companies‘ GVCs.

The monography brings new findings and contributes to deepening the knowledge on services role in global value chains from the perspective of theoretical and conceptual approach, as well as from the perspective of relevance for the design of business strategies and economic policies that may contribute to improving the position of Slovenian service companies in global value chains.