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New Perspectives on South-East Europe

The Rise of Authoritarianism in the Western Balkans

Authors: Bieber, Florian

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  • Provides general insights into the dynamics of competitive authoritarianism
  • Traces the roots of current semi-democratic regimes to the period of Yugoslav disintegration and wars in the 1990s
  • Combines disciplinary rigor with in-depth knowledge of the politics and societies in focus
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This book explores the stagnation of democracy in the Western Balkans over the last decade. The author maps regional features of rising authoritarianism that mirror larger global trends and, in doing so, outlines the core mechanisms of authoritarian rule in the Balkans, with a particular focus on Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia. These mechanisms include the creation of constant crises, the use of external powers to balance outside influences, as well as state capture. The authoritarian patterns exist alongside formal democratic institutions, resulting in competitive authoritarian regimes that use social polarization to retain power. As the countries of the Western Balkans aspire, at least formally, to join the European Union, authoritarianism is often informal.

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Florian Bieber is Professor for Southeast European History and Politics and Director of the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Austria. He coordinates the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG) and has been a visiting professor and fellow at Cornell, NYU, Central European University, and LSE.

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“It provides a new and fresh insight into the recent occurrences in the region, stimulates discussion of these complex processes, and offers a thought-provoking and well-documented analysis of processes even in academically marginal parts of Europe (Montenegro and North Macedonia). This interesting and engaging volume is an essential read for scholars in political science and college students, as well as for the policy makers and journalists whose work is focused on the Western Balkans.” (Ana Radović Kapor, Međunarodne studije, Vol. 18 (1-2), 2018)
“When it comes to Balkan politics, Florian Bieber’s book touches a raw nerve. It is an absolute must-read for scholars of the region. Students of comparative democratization and authoritarianism have much to learn from it just as well.” (Dimitar Bechev, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)

“This excellent new book will very quickly become the definitive text for scholars and students of South East Europe and the Western Balkans. It will also be invaluable for those with an interest in the revival and survival of authoritarian states globally. Bieber provides incisive analysis based on extensive knowledge of a region that he has studied and meticulously observed for nearly three decades. A must read.” (Adam Fagan, King’s College London, UK)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Rise of Authoritarianism in the Western Balkans
Authors
Series Title
New Perspectives on South-East Europe
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-22149-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-22149-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-22148-5
Series ISSN
2662-5857
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 155
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