Abstract

In Slovenia, two key development documents, i.e. Slovenia's Development Strategy and Spatial Development Strategy of Slovenia, have been revised over the last two years. Various studies that assess the objectives or try to define a new vision of (spatial) development of Slovenia by 2050 have been conducted. To this end, we studied the economic profiles of Slovenian municipalities, based on the classification of economy into three groups: residential economy (R), productive economy (P), and creative economy (C). This paper therefore analyses the dynamics of the proposed economic profile of Slovenian municipalities in 2000–2013. The analysis of the economic profile dynamics was done for 192 municipalities from the beginning of the period. In particular, we analysed the economic profile and its movement within the municipalities of 15 regional centres of Slovenia. The results of the study show that Slovenia shifted from a predominantly productive economy (P) to a country with a predominantly residential economy (R), while it is becoming even stronger in creative economy (C). This new approach addresses the development challenges better than the previous division of the economy into primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary sectors.

Key words: economy, economic dynamics, economic profile, residential economy, productive economy, creative economy, municipality, Slovenia