The dynamics of a political project in Slovenia is the reverse of what we see in the currently backsliding CEE countries. Rather than seeking a profound change in the society, the defence of the status quo, under the guise of stability, predictability and order, is the main policy. It is combined with the subtle reproduction of this elite through the monopolized education system and the all-encompassing welfare state. The latter, instead of alleviating the socio-economic hardship, has instead been used to benefit the existing kleptocratic allies and to recruit new ones. In a nearly complete isolation from international media and/or institutional attention, all this has taken place and resulted in the institutionally undernourished system of the rule of law and democratic governance, which has been marked by an implosion of the political space, incessant populism and growing political radicalization in favour of illiberal democracy.