The authors deal with the issue how social sciences, i.e. sociology, politicalscience and economics, reflected in their research the challenges in Slovenia of the 1990s, related to the establishment of representative democracy, market economy and statehood. They note a very high level of research interest and substantial results in some areas, while some other relevant topics (e.g. stratificiation, the structures of political parties, judiciary, etc.) are quite modest. There is a high level of openness to the international research community, though it should be even greater, especially due to the small size of the Slovene society.