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.

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 licence 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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