Jože Mencinger

Economist, Person or entity appearing in film

1941 –


Who is Jože Mencinger?

Jože Mencinger is a Slovenian lawyer, economist, and politician.

Born in Jesenice, Slovenia, then part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. After finishing the study of law at the University of Ljubljana in 1964, he obtained an MA at the University of Belgrade's Law School in 1966. He obtained his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in 1975.

In May 1990, he was appointed Minister of Economy in the first democratically elected Slovenian government. In Lojze Peterle's cabinet, he served as Vice President of the Government for Economic Coordination from 1990 to 1991. In May 1991, he resigned because of disagreements on the model of privatization of the economy to be followed in Slovenia. Soon afterwards, he quit the Slovenian Social Democratic Union.

In 1992, he became a member of the Democratic Party. After the party's failure to gain parliamentary representation in the 1996 elections, he quit politics.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he came back to the public life as a strong critic of Slovenia's membership in the European Union and NATO. In the mid-2000s, he engaged in frequent and virulent polemics with the younger generation of Slovenian liberal and neo-liberal economists. Between 2004 and 2008, he frequently criticized the liberal economic policies of Janez Janša's center-right government.

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Mar 5, 1941
Also known as
  • Joze Mencinger
  • Slovenia
  • University of Belgrade
  • University of Pennsylvania

on July 23, 2013


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