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Dr. Danica Fink-Hafner, Professor

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  • Dr. Danica Fink-Hafner, Professor
    Phone: +386 1 58 05 173
    Email: is.jl-inu.vdf@renfah-knif.acinad
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  • DANICA FINK-HAFNER, PhD (University of Ljubljana, 1990)

    Danica Fink-Hafner is an internationally recognised political scientist and professor of political parties, interest groups and policy analysis at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. She has been the head of the Political Science Research programme group for a long time and led numerous national and international research projects. Among others, she was Vice Dean for Research, President of the Slovenian Political Science Association, and the first University of Ljubljana representative in the European Consortium for Political Research. As a recipient of the PECO and Fulbright scholarships, she was a visiting researcher at the European Public Policy Institute (University of Warwick, UK) and a high school teacher in Portland (Oregon, USA). Her research results have been published in/by internationally renowned journals and publishers.

    2004–2012: Head of Slovenian-Norwegian bilateral projects: 1) Building civic culture in the post‐Yugoslav region: The Slovenian case (2004–2005); 2) Challenges to Democratic Stability (2007–2009); 3) Norwegian‐Slovenian perspectives on the Challenges Facing Europe Today (2011–2012)

    2001 – Participation in several European projects, including FP project Organizing for Enlargement; the Network of Excellence: Civil Society and New Forms of Governance (CINEFOGO); Wider Europe, Deeper Integration? Constructing Europe (CONSENT) and the C.I.G. project (

    2013–2017: Head of the Doctoral Degree Committee at the Faculty of Social Sciences, UL

    2011 – : Coordinator of the Doctoral Programme Policy Analysis and co-coordinator of the doctoral programme European Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, UL

    2009–2012: Member of the Executive Committee of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)

    2005–2011: Member of the International Advisory Board of the first social science »ERA-NET« - NORFACE

    2004–2006: Member of the COST Technical Committee for the Social Sciences and Humanities

    2003–2005: President of the Committee for Postgraduate Studies at the UL

    1997–2017: Head of the Centre for Political Science Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, UL

    1997–1999: Vice-Dean of the Research Institute of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, UL

    1993–2011: Founder and Head of the Master study programme "Political Science: Policy analysis – European aspects" at the Faculty of Social Sciences, UL

    1993–1999: Member of the editorial board of The Journal of European Public Policy (Routledge)

    1993–1995: Co-founder of the postgraduate study programme "Political Science: Public Administration« at the Faculty of Social Sciences, UL

    1991–1993: President of the Slovenian Political Science Association

    1991–1993: Founder and Head of the Division of Policy Analysis and Public Administration at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana (UL)

    1991: Head of the Association Process for the University of Ljubljana, which became the first post-socialist member institution to join the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR)

    1990s: Participation in establishing the ECPR standing groups on East Central Europe and Political Participation, Central European Political Science Association and the Journal of European Public Policy

    N5-0023 The organizational development of national interest groups in a European comparative perspective (1.10.2014–30.9.2018) Lead Agency collaboration between the Flemish and Slovenian Research

    BI-ME/16-17-009 Europeanisation of civil society in Montenegro and Slovenia (1.1.2016–31.12.2017) bilateral project;

    N5-0014 INTEREURO ( (2011–2014) European Science Foundation

    P5-0136 Political Science Research programme (1999-).

    2016–2018: Doctoral study at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb

    2002: Master studies at the University of Gorizia, Italy

    1996–1997: Visiting Scholar/Fulbright Scholar at Reed College, Portland, Oregon, USA

    1993–1998: Visiting Lecturer in the framework of the international programme "Master in European Social Policy Analysis"-MESPA (Bath, Roskilde, Tilburg, Crete, Madrid, Lisbon, Ljubljana)

    1997 – : Research visits to NTNU, Trondheim, Norway; University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK; University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, BiH; Foundation Open Society, Skopje, Macedonia; University of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro and Kabul, Afghanistan

    1993–1996: Visiting Professor at the European Public Policy Institute (PECO grant), University of Warwick, UK

    1991: Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

    Journal of European Public Policy, European Journal of Political Research, Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft / Comparative Governance and Politics, Central European Political Science, Družboslovne razprave, Pregled

    Journal of European Public Policy, Journal for Political Research, Party Politics, Legislative Studies, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, East European Politics & Societies and Cultures, Europe-Asia Studies, Studies in Higher Education, International Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of International Relations and Development, Journal of Public Affairs, Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies

    My publications have appeared in the Slovenian, English, Croatian, Russian, Serbian, French and German languages.

    Among others, she has published with Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, New York; Ashgate; Routledge; Manchester University Press; Texas A&M University Press; Alma Mater, Bergen; Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden; Sigma, Berlin; Clarus Press, Dublin and Presses universitaires de Grenoble, Grenoble


    2018: Golden plaque of the University of Ljubljana for teaching and research excellence

    2011: Nomination for the national Zois award

    2008: Slovenian Political Science Association award for lifetime achievement for the development of political science in Slovenia

    2006, 2012: Nomination for the national award Ambassador of Science of the Republic of Slovenia

    1989: Nomination for the Kidric Fund for Young Researchers Award

    1988: University of Ljubljana Award for Academic Master Thesis


    September 2022

     "Into Europe? Perspectives from Britain and Slovenia", co-edited by DFH and Terry Cox, Znanstvena knjižnjica FDV (Academic Press of the Faculty of Social Sciences), Ljubljana, 1996 (in English).

    "Making A New Nation: The Formation of Slovenia", co-edited by DFH and John R.Robbins, Dartmouth, UK and Ashgate, USA, 1997 (in English).

    "Democratic Transition in Slovenia: Value Transformation, Education, Media," co-edited by Sabrina P. Ramet and DFH, Texas A&M University Press, 2006 (in English).

    The Open Method of Coordination: A View from Slovenia, edited by DFH (Ljubljana: Faculty of Social Sciences, 2010 (in English).


    Levelling the playing field: monitoring Croatian policies to promote gender equality in politics, (with Deželan, Tomaž, Krašovec, Alenka, et al.), Ljubljana: Faculty of Social Sciences; Zagreb: Centar za ženske studije, 2013.


    Development of Civil Society in Countries in the Territory of former Yugoslavia since 1980s, edited by DFH (Academic Press of the Faculty of Social Sciences), Ljubljana, 2015.


    The Slovenian Greens: from early success to long-term failure (with Knep, Matej and Novak, Meta).  Ljubljana: Faculty of Social Sciences, 2015.

    Small States, Big Challenges: Norway and Slovenia in Comparative Perspective. Co-edited by Ringdal, Kristen, Ramet, Sabrina P. And DFH, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2016.

    Razvoj zelenih strank v Sloveniji v primerjalni perspektivi (Development of Green Parties in Slovania in a Comparative perspective) (with Meta Novak, and Matej Knep), Ljubljana: Fakulteta za družbene vede, 2017.

    Teokracija.  Talibski režim v Afganistanu 1996–2001 (Theocracy. Taliban regime in Afghanistan 1996-2001) (with Boštjan Slatenšek), Ljubljana: Fakulteta za družbene vede, 2017.

    Britanska demokracija. Suverenost parlamenta (British Democracy: Parliamentary Sovereignty), Ljubljana: Fakulteta za družbene vede, 2019.

    Impact of Globalization on Internationalization of Universities (with Tamara Dagen), Ljubljana: Fakulteta za družbene vede, 2019.

    Populism, Ljubljana: Fakulteta za družbene vede, 2019.


     Political Modernization in Slovenia in the 1980' and at the Beginning of the 1990's, The Journal of Communist Studies, Vol.8, No.4, December 1992, pp.210-226.

    The Status of Political Parties in Old and New Democracies, with Prof. Lars Svasand, in: Bučar, Kuhnle, eds. (1994), Small States Compared: Politics of Norway and Slovenia, Alma Mater, Bergen, pp.107-131.

    Slovenia in a Process of Transition to Political Democracy. In: Bibič, Adolf, Graziano, Gigi, eds. (1994). Civil Society, Political Society, Democracy, Slovenian Political Science Association, Ljubljana, pp. 387-407.

    'The Disintegration of Yugoslavia', Canadian Slavonic Papers, 1995, Vol.37, No.3-4, pp.339-356

    Political Culture in a Context of Democratic Transition. Slovenia in Comparison with other Post-Socialist Countries, in: Fritz Plasser and Andreas Pribersky, eds., Political Culture in East Central Europe, Avebury-Ashgate, England-USA, 1996, pp. 71-89

    Organized Interests as Policy Actors in Slovenia, in: Agh and Ilonszki, eds. (1996), Parliaments and Organized Interests: The Second Steps, Budapest, Hungarian Centre for Democracy Studies pp.222-240

    The Role of Interest Organizations in the Europeanisation of Slovenian Policy-making, Journal of International Relations (Ljubljana, Eng.edit.), 1997, Vol.4, No.1, pp. 130-147

    Organized Interests in the Policy-making Process in Slovenia, Journal of European Public Policy, 1998, Vol.5, No.2, pp.285-302

    The Case of Slovenia, in: Riegler, Henriette, ed. (2000): Transformation Processes in Yugoslav Successor States between Marginalization and European Integration, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden, pp. 11-43

    Between Continuity and Change: The Building of the Slovenian Party Arena, in: Toš, Niko and Miheljak, Vlado, eds. (2002): Slovenia Between Continuity and Change, 1990-1997, Sigma, Berlin, pp. 42-66

    Contributions on Slovenia in Political Data Yearbook 2002 – 2014, European Journal of Political Research

    European elections in Slovenia in 2004 - experimenting with institutional engineering in favour of more gender balanced representation. In: ILONSZKI, Gabriella (ed.). Women in decision-making : CEE experiences. Budapest: Soros Open Society Institute, 2004, pp. 17-39

    Lessons from Managing Conflict Situations in the EU Accession Negotiations: the Case of Slovenia. co-autohor with Damjan Lajh, Central European Political Science Review,  Spring 2004, vol. 5, no. 15, str. 52-73

    Is consultation everything? The influence of interest groups on parliamentary working bodies in Slovenia. co-autohor with Alenka Krašovec, Sociologický časopis / Sociological Review, 2005, vol. 41, no. 3, str. 401-421

    Slovenia: Betweeen Bipolarity and Broad Coalition-building. In: Jungerstam-Mulders, Susanne (ed.). Post-communist EU member states : parties and party systems. Aldershot; Burlington: Ashgate, 2006, pp. 203-231

    Europeanization in Managing EU Affairs: Between Divergence and Convergence, A Comparative Study of Estonia, Hungary and Slovenia, Public Administration (London), 2007, vol. 85, no. 3, pp. 1-24.

    Ensuring Democratic Control over National Government, in: Gavin Barrett, ed., (2008): National Parliaments and the European Union. The Constitutional Challenge for the Oireachtas and Other Member State Legislatures, Clarus Press.


    Europeanization and Party Politics in the Territory of Former Yugoslavia, with Robert Ladrech, Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, 2008, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 135-138.


    Europeanisation and Party System Mechanics: Comparing Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro, Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 167-18.

    The Determinants of the Success of Transitions to Democracy. (with Hafner-Fink, Mitja). Eur.-Asia stud., Nov. 2009, vol. 61, no. 9, str. 1603-1625

    Education Policy Convergence through the Open Method of Coordination: Theoretical Reflections and Implementation in Old and New National Contexts (with Alexiadou, Nafsika, and  Lange, Bettina), European educational research journal, 2010, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 345-358.

    From Mere Research Assistance to Independent Mature Research: European Integration Research in Slovenia. In: Best, Heinrich (ed.), Wenninger, Agnieszka (ed.). Landmark 1989 : Central and Eastern European Societies Twenty Years after The System Change. Berlin: Lit, cop. 2010, pp. 259-275.

    Slovenia since 1989. In: Ramet, Sabrina P. (ed.). Central and Southeast European politics since 1989. Cambridge [etc.]: Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 235-257

    Electoral Engineering and Its Impact in the Former Yugoslav Republics (with Damjan Lajh and Alenka Krašovec). Politics in Central Europe, Jun. 2011, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 7-34.

    Changing Patterns of Political Participation (with Hafner-Fink, Mitja and Krašovec, Alenka). In: LEWIS, Paul G. (ed.). Europeanising Party Politics?: Comparative Perspectives on Central and Eastern Europe. Manchester; New York: Manchester University Press, 2011, pp. 69-96.

    The Political Instrumentalisation of Policy Analysis. Politička misao, 2011, vol. 48, no. 5, pp. 25-39. 

    Interest Representation and Post-Communist Parliaments over Two Decades. Journal of Legislative Studies, Jun. 2011, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 215-233.

    L'européanisation et la mécanique des systèmes partisans: une comparaison entre la Croatie, la Serbie et le Monténégro. In: Petithomme, Mathieu (ed.). L'européanisation de la compétition politique nationale: adaptations et résistances en perspective comparée, (Collection Europa). Grenoble: Presses universitaires de Grenoble, cop. 2011, pp. 287-303.

    Analiz publičnoj politiki kak instrument političeskogo vlivanija. In: Beljaeva, Nina Jurʼevna (ur.). Analitičeskie soobščestva v publičnoj politike: globalʼnʼij fenomen i rossijskie praktiki, (Biblioteka Rapn). Moskva: ROSSPÈN, 2012, pp. 64-80.

    Europeanization in South East Europe (with Lajh, Damjan), In: Sternad, Dietmar and Döring, Thomas (eds.) Handbook of doing business in South East Europe. Houndmills; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, pp. 25-50.

    The Post-Accession Shift towards Politicising The National Coordination of EU Policy:The Case of Slovenia, Public Administration (London), 2013, doi: 10.1111/padm.12035.

    Factors Affecting the Long-Term Success of New Parliamentary Parties: Findings in a Post-Communist Context (with Krašovec Alenka). Revista românæa de ştiinţe politice, Win. 2013, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 40-68.

    Determinants of Voter Behaviour at Presidential Elections in a Post-Socialist Context: The Case of Slovenia (with Hafner-Fink, Mitja, Kustec Lipicer, Simona, Čehovin, Gregor). Družboslovne razprave, apr. 2014, vol. 30, no. 75, pp. 7-27.

    First-job Educational and Skill Match: An Empirical Investigation of Political Science Graduates in Slovenia(with Deželan, Tomaž and Melink, Mateja). International Journal of Manpower, 2014, vol. 35, iss. 4, pp. 553-575.

    The INTEREURO project: logic and structure (with Beyers, Jan  et al.). Interest groups & advocacy, Jun. 2014, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 126-140.

    Europeanisation as a Factor of National Interest Group Political-Cultural Change: The Case of Interest Groups in Slovenia (with Hafner-Fink, Mitja, Novak, Meta). East European politics and societies, 2015, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 287-305.

    Factors Affecting Green Party Development: Explaining the Decline of Green Parties in Slovenia (with Matej Knep). Revista românæa de ştiinţe politice, Sum. 2015, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 129-158.

    Slovenia (with Tomaž Deželan). in: Donatella M Viola, ed., Routledge Handbook of European Elections. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, 2016, str. 471-490.

    Citizens' Protest Innovations in a Consociational System: The Case of Bosnia-Herzegovina (with Sejfija, Ismet). Teorija in praksa, ISSN 0040-3598, jan.-feb. 2016, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 184-202.

    Giants and Dwarfs: Multilevel Lobbying Strategies of National Interest Organisations (with Hafner-Fink, Mitja, Novak, Meta, Eising, Rainer, Rasch, Daniel, Rozbicka, Patrycja). Teorija in praksa, ISSN 0040-3598, maj-jun. 2016, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 605-624.

    A Typology of Populisms and Changing Forms of Society: The Case of Slovenia. Europe-Asia studies, Oct. 2016, vol. 68, no. 8, pp. 1315-1339.

    Slovenia, in James Thurber and Alberto Bitonti, eds., 2017, Lobbying in Europe, Palgrave Macmillan.

    Country report: Slovenia (with Meta Novak). In: VANDOR, Peter (ed.). Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe: Challenges and Opportunities, (ERSTE Stiftung studies). Vienna: ERSTE Foundation, 2017, pp. 126-141.

    This Time It's Different? Effects of the Eurovision Debate on Young Citizens' and Its Consequence for EU Democracy: Evidence from a Quasi-experiment in 24 Countries (with  Maier, Jürgen et al.). Journal of European public policy, 2017, doi: 10.1080/13501763.2016.1268643.

    Globalisation in Higher Education Policies: Multidisciplinary Insights (with Tamara Dagen), Teorija in praksa, 2017, Vol.54, No. 2-3. pp. 572-591.

    ‘Who Says What to Whom?: Alignments and Arguments in EU Policy-making’(with Rainer Eising, Daniel Rasch, Patrycja Rozbicka, Mitja Hafner-Fink and Meta Novak), in: Multilevel Interest Representation in the European Union: The Role of National Interest Organizations, West European Politics Special Issue, 2017, vol. 40, no. 5, pp. 957-980.

    Democracy and Alternative Modes of Governance: Conceptual Framework (with Hafner Blaž), (2017), Teorija in praksa,  Vol. 54, special issue, pp. 5-29.

    Slovenian’s Parliamentary Elite: Representation and Accountability since 1992 (with Simona Kustec Lipicer, Gregor Čehovin, Ana Železnik) (2017), Teorija in praksa,  Vol. 54, special issue, pp. 60-78.

    Conclusions: The Evaluation of Empirical Governance in Slovenia (2017) Teorija in praksa,  Vol. 54, special issue, pp.145-156.

    The Impact of the EU Accession Process and EU Funding on the Professionalization of National Interest Groups: The Slovenian Case (with William Maloney in Mitja Hafner-Fink), Interest Groups and Advocacy, 2018, DOI : 10.1057/s41309-018-0032-6.

    The Development of Interest Groups in the Balkans: Background and Contemporary Characteristics (with Thomas, Clive S). Journal of public affairs, 2018, doi: 10.1002/pa.1717.

    Interest Groups and Public Affairs in the Contemporary Balkans: Project Overview and Preliminary Explanations (with Thomas, Clive S).  Journal of public affairs, 2018, doi: 10.1002/pa.1716.

    The Balkan experience : explanations of public affairs and interest group activity. (with Thomas, Clive S) Journal of public affairs. May 2019, vol. 19, no. 2, DOI: 10.1002/pa.1919.

    The Presidentialisation of Parties in Slovenia: Leaders and Parties (with Alenka Kašovec). In: Passarelli, Gianluca (ed.). The Presidentialisation of Political Parties in the Western Balkans. Cham: Springer. 2019, pp. 145-167.

    Slovenia: interest group developments in a postsocialist-liberal democracy (with Meta Novak) Journal of public affairs, 2019, doi: 10.1002/pa.1867.

    The Balkan experience: Explanations of public affairs and interest group activity, (with Thomas, Clive S). Journal of public affairs, 2019,

    Defining Internationalisation, Globalisation and Europeanisation in Higher Education (with Tamara Dagen, May Doušak, Meta Novak, Mitja Hafner-Fink), Teorija in praksa. 2019, vol. 56, no. 2, pp. 643-659.

    Delphi Method: Strengths and Weaknesses (with Tamara Dagen, May Doušak, Meta Novak, Mitja Hafner-Fink) Metodološki zvezki. 2019, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 1-19.

    Slovenia (with Novak, Meta). In: More-Hollerweger, Eva (ed.). Civil society in Central and Eastern Europe : monitoring 2019. Vienna: ERSTE Foundation, 2019. pp. 153-162.

    Change in the party system from liberal to ethnic-based polarisation: the case of Macedonia (with Nacevska, Elena) Teorija in praksa  2019, vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 7-29.

    The presidentialisation of parties in Slovenia: leaders and parties (with Krašovec, Alenka). In: PassarellI, Gianluca (ed.). The presidentialisation of political parties in the Western Balkans. Cham: Springer, cop. 2019. pp. 145-167.

    Policy networks: looking for the decisional centre in EU policymaking (with Novak, Meta, Kronegger, Luka, Rozbicka, Patrycja). Teorija in praksa 2019, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 853-873.

    Slovenia since 1989. In: Ramet, Sabrina P. and  Hassenstab, Christine M. (eds.). Central and Southeast European politics since 1989. 2nd ed. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2019. pp. 251-272.

    The comparative interest group-survey project : design, practical lessons, and data sets. (with Beyers, Jan, , Maloney, William A., Novak, Meta, Heylen, Frederik). Interest groups & advocacy. Sep. 2020, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 272-298. 

    The struggle over authoritarian pressures in Slovenia in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic. Politički život : časopis za analizu politike. jul. 2020, no. 18, pp. 19-32.

    Academic mobility, globalisation and cosmopolitanism: views from higher education academics and practitioners (with Zgaga, Pavel). Teorija in praksa. 2020, vol. 57, Special issue,pp. 1216-1231.

    Students' international exchange as a factor of a transnational identity (with Hafner Fink, Mitja). Teorija in praksa. 2020, vol. 57, Special issue, pp. 1251-1267.

    Research on social construction through international academic mobility. Teorija in praksa, 2020, vol. 57, special issue, pp. 1328-1344.

    Destabilizacija slovenskega strankarskega sistema po letu 2000/Destabilization of Slovenian Party System after 2000). In: Krašovec, Alenka and  Deželan, Tomaž (eds.). Volilno leto. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za družbene vede, Založba FDV, 2020. pp. 5-35

    International academic mobility as a social construction: theoretical-methodological framework (with Oblak Črnič, Tanja) Teorija in praksa, 2020, vol. 57, special issue, pp. 1203-1215.

    Partiju ir interesu grupiu sąveika : Slovenijos atvejis. In: Krupavičius, Algis (ed.). Kas ką gauna, kada ir kaip : partiju ir interesu grupiu sąveika Europos demokratijose. Vilnius: Mykolo Romerio universitetas, 2021. pp. 127-149.

    Party fragmentation, the proportional system and democracy in Slovenia. Political studies review. (with Novak, Meta) 2021, DOI: 10.1177/14789299211059450.

    Debating the relationship between academics and practitioners in the higher education field. (with Dagen, Tamara) Teorija in praksa 2022, vol 59, no. 1, pp. 5-24, DOI: 10.51936/tip.59.1.5-24

    Research issues in the higher education field in times of challenged globalisation. Teorija in praksa (with Dagen, Tamara and Hafner-Fink Mitja) 2022, vol. 59, no. 2, pp. 443–463, 593. DOI: 10.51936/tip.59.2.443-463.

    National interest groups in EU policymaking (with Novak, Meta), In: Tosun, Jale and Graziano, Paolo, eds., Encyclopaedia of EU Public Policy (2022- in print).

    Slovenia: Ripe for Autocratisation, In: Kennet Lynggaard et al. (Eds): Governments' Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic in Europe,  Springer Nature (2022- in print).




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