Perspectives - Stabilocracy and/or Radicalization?


It seems that the expected transition to democracy and free market economy in ‘western Balkans’ has become a never-ending story. Societies are weak, pluralism develops slowly and with great difficulties, political elites still dominate, and economies are still dependent either on political authorities or on international companies. At the same time, we bear witness to authoritarianism, intolerance, more or less constant popular support to the same political leaders or parties who get re-elected in spite of the poor economic and social performance of their respective governments, and the widespread corruption.

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Date of Publication
November 2019
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Office Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Albania)
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2 Never-Ending Transition
Srđan Dvornik
6 Radicalisations. Creating Wars, For Now Without Weapons
Marion Kraske
Suffocated By Stability
11 Populism As Business As (Un)Usual
Zlatiborka Popov Momčinović
17 Features Of Competitive Authoritarian Rule In The Western Balkans
Florian Bieber
23 Illiberal Tendencies In Croatia After Trump And Brexit
Dario Čepo
28 The Hidden Radicalism Of The Ruling Ideologies
Nerzuk Ćurak
Radicalisation Against External ‘Others’
34 Between The Humanitarian And The Securitized Approach To The Refugee Crisis In Croatia: Is There An Alternative
To Policies Grounded In Populism?

Viktor Koska
40 A Croatian Story: “An Extraordinary EU Member” At The Price Of Human Rights
Boris Pavelić
Perpetuating Past Wars
46 Unrealised In The Wars Of The ‘90s, The Idea Of An All-Serb State Is Maintained By Other Means In Peace
Latinka Perović
53 Revisionism In Croatia 1989-2019
Ivo Goldstein
59 The Different Faces Of Fascism
Erich Rathfelder
Radicalisation And Maintenance Of Power
63 The ‘Stability’ Of Albanian Democracy Without Rule Of Law: Political Polarization, Captured Institutions And
Periodical Crisis
Arolda Elbasani
69 ‘Fool’s Gold’: The Macedonian Journey From Stabilitocracy To Radicalization And Back
Biljana Vankovska
75 Europe’s Longest-Standing Leader Survives With Western Support, While Oppressively Ruling The Country
Milka Tadić
79 Stabilitocracy And Political Stability – A View From Serbia
Vladimir Veljković
85 Non-Implementation Of Ecthr And BH Constitutional Court Decisions In The Rule Of Law And Policy Context
Dženana Karup Druško
Civil Society Vs Establishment
90 Another View – In The Eye Of The Political Storm. Stabilo-Radical Rhapsody In Montenegro
Damir Nikočević, Daliborka Uljarević
93 On The Margins Of Political Discourse
Gresa Hasa