Outer Space Treaty Reform and the Long-term Sustainability of Space Exploration

Outer Space Treaty Reform and Long Term Sustainability of Space Exploration, Teorija in praksa, vol. 59, 1/2022, pp. 42 – 59

Social and Economic Reconstruction of the European Union

Social and Economic Reconstruction of the European Union Dimensions : Toward Bottom-Up and Top-Down Institutional Reconstruction of the European Union – more inclusive, more sustainable and more pluralistic EU, Založba FDV, marec 2020

The purpose of this monograph is to show that there is a path beyond the pessimistic,
shallow, fragmentary EU on one hand and a path beyond centralized, technocratic
one-size-fits all EU on the other hand.

An Institutional Foundation of Knowledge Economy in Central and East European Countries (with Isaac Stanley)

An Institutional Foundation of Knowledge Economy in  Central and East European Countries (with Isaac Stanley), Management Review, no. 14., vol. 4, (2019)

The purpose of this research is to provide an institutional framework
– economic, legal, regulatory, educational – for the Central
and East European countries aspiring to reach the levels of inclusive
knowledge of economy and society known in some of the
most developed regions in the world.

Reimagining Social Europe

Matjaz Nahtigal, Isaac Stanley: Reimagining Social Europe from the ground up, openDemocracy, July 2019

CETA – A Critical Examination (ppt presentation)

CETA – A Critical Examination (ppt presentation), May 8, 2018

Modern Free Trade Agreements – A Critical Appraisal

Modern Free Trade Agreements – A Critical Appraisal (FEPS working paper in progress, September 2017)

The difference between the post-war development of international legal trade regimes and the context of the most recent free trade initiatives is that the disparate effects of trade liberalization tend to also become more visible in the most advanced economies in the world, in the United States and the European Union. This trend requires rethinking of trade arrangements that would provide adequate instruments, tools and policies when needed for restructuring. Careful calibration of such instruments, tools and policies not to distort, but to strengthen international trade, is something that can be called a “Bretton-Woods compromise” for the 21st century. It could provide an international legal framework conducive to long-term sustainable development and more resilient in different types of international financial crises that may appear in the future. The most important challenge in the process of deepening and widening the economic and legal integration is how to disseminate economic, technological, financial and other benefits to the excluded regions and parts of the population. The prevailing notion that any deepening of economic integration may lead to the “race to the bottom” via undermining the existing economic and social security should be addressed by policymakers. Comprehensive efforts to disseminate the benefits as widely as possible should be applied at the local, national and international levels. In doing so, local communities should be encouraged to launch different development strategies suitable to their comparative advantages, their potential and their needs.

From Regressive Toward Progressive European Structural Reforms

From Regressive Toward Progressive European Structural Reforms, FEPS working paper, August 2017


The purpose of this article is to analyze the concept of structural reforms, as defined by the European Commission and other European institutions. The article critically examines the content of structural reforms, which is not neutral and often leads to the deepening of economic and social inequalities. Structural reforms in the form of labor market flexibilization, reduction of social welfare support and weakening of the role of public sector frequently deny large segments of society access to entrepreneurial activities, access to funding, know-how, to new technologies and all other necessary resources to emancipate themselves. As a consequence, economic and social dualism is widening across the European union.

Alternatively, progressive demand side and progressive supply side public intervention to open opportunities for the excluded parts of population are presented in the second part of the article. An active role of the public sector, strategic partnership between the public and private sector, institutional innovations and participation of the excluded population in the decentralized form are discussed. It is argued that the progressively defined structural reforms carry equally if not more of the developmental potential than the more frequently mentioned proposal of the transfer Union in order to achieve socially inclusive and sustainable development for all the participants of the European Single market.

ZA OSVEŽITEV: Zakaj nasprotujem vnosu fiskalnega pravila v Ustavo RS?

Za osvežitev: Zakaj nasprotujem vnosu fiskalnega pravila v Ustavo RS? – Komentar, maj 2013


Dodaten komentar, julij 2015

Fiskalno pravilo v ustavi predstavlja korak v smeri permanentnega varčevanje kot ključne usmeritve fiskalne, ekonomske in socialne politike. Učinkuje tako, da znižuje javne prihodke in odhodke sočasno. Oži že tako omejeno fiskalno avtonomijo države in ne zagotavlja ravnotežja med fiskalno konsolidacijo in fiskalno ekspanzijo. Prav tako ne zagotavlja večje transparentnosti in kvalitete upravljanja javnih financ. Prispeva pa k nadaljnji razgradnji ključnih stebrov socialne države. Omogoča nadaljnjo birokratizacijo fiskalnih politik na nacionalni in nadnacionalni ravni. Kot tako je fiskalno pravilo protirazvojno pravilo, ki bo še zmanjšalo možnosti za obsežno gospodarsko, socialno in družbeno prenovo v prihodnjih letih.


EU Experimental Governance


EU Experimental Governance, julij 2014

Rethinking Modern European Industrial Policy

Rethinking Modern European Industrial Policy, september 2013, Matjaž Nahtigal

A Different EU is possible – toward comprehensive economic and social reconstruction of EU

A Different EU is possible – toward comprehensive economic and social reconstruction of EU, september 2013, Matjaž Nahtigal

European Regional Disparities: the Crucial Source of European Un-sustainability


European Regional Disparities: The Crucial Source of European Un-sustainability, published in Lex localis, July 2013, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 601 – 614, available at Social Science Research Network


The ongoing European crisis has revealed many deficiencies in the existing European institutional architecture. One of the crucial deficiencies is the unsustainable European regional disparity between the most developed European regions and those regions that are falling behind—a gap that is growing. This pattern of development creates an unsustainable pattern for the future development of the EU. The gap between the advanced segments of society with access to up-to-date knowledge, skills, technology, capital, and other resources and the excluded segments of society is also growing within the advanced European regions. Such observations indicate the need for far stronger anti-dualist economic, social, and legal policy at all levels of European polity. The EU’s response to the crisis has been inadequate as it has ignored the diversity of needs as well as opportunities for local and regional populations across the EU. Instead of focusing the economic, social, and legal reconstruction on a “one size fits all” model imposed from the top, the EU should spur local and regional innovations, initiatives, and development dynamics from below. Thus, in the EU, we need more policy space as well as more opportunities for economic, legal, social, and political innovations at the local, regional, and national levels. We need to create an EU that supports—not suppresses—diversity, sustainability, plurality, and the co-existence of institutional models.

The idea of subsidiarity, diversity, and initiatives from below should be revived in order to create a more sustainable future for the EU.

Keywords: EU regional disparities · economic and social reconstruction · subsidiarity · regional institutional innovations

Alternativne prihodnosti EU

Alternativne prihodnosti EU, Prav. praksa (Ljubl.), 20. dec. 2012, leto 31, št. 49/50, pril., str. I-VIII

Razprava o prihodnosti Evropske Unije – organizirana pri Predsedniku Republike Slovenije, 30. september, 2012

Prispevek Matjaža Nahtigala, izrednega profesorja na Fakulteti za management, Univerza na Primorskem

Pokroviteljska in od realnosti odmaknjena Unija

Objavljeno v Dnevnikovem Objektivu, 22.9.2012