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Comparative Territorial Politics

Multiethnic Regionalisms in Southeastern Europe

Statehood Alternatives

Authors: Stjepanović, Dejan

  • Introduces the notion of regionalism to the literature on nationalism in  Southeastern Europe
  • Compares regionalism within Dalmatia, Istria and Vojvodina
  • Offers a contextual analysis that demonstrates the interplay of structure and agency
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About this book

This book is based on a comparative study of regionalisms in Croatia’s regions of Dalmatia and Istria as well as Serbia’s Vojvodina. The monograph’s main focus is on regionalist political party strategies since 1990, and within that, each case study considers history and historiography, inter-group relations, economics, and region-building. The analysis demonstrates that many of the common assumptions about the causal determinants of territorial autonomy projects and outcomes, as well as about a teleological and unidirectional path from regionalism to nationalism, do not stand up to scrutiny. The author introduces original concepts such as plurinational, multinational and sectional regionalism to theories of nationalism and territorial politics. This book will appeal to scholars and upper-level students interested in territorial politics, federalism, nationalism and comparative politics. 

About the authors

Dejan Stjepanović is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Dundee, UK. He holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. His main postdoctoral affiliations included the University of Edinburgh, University College Dublin and the Université catholique de Louvain.  He has published on territorial politics, nationalism and citizenship and taught and designed modules on regionalism, nationalism, democratisation, security studies, comparative politics and international relations.

Reviews

“In much of Central-Europe federalism and regionalism are associated with secessionism. This is especially the case in those countries which emerged out of the former Yugoslavia. Stjepanović's book demonstrates that regionalist sentiments or aspirations do not necessarily generate secessionist outcomes. Furthermore, his work explains why notwithstanding comparable starting positions in the 1990s, different forms of regionalism emerged in Istria, Vojvodina and Dalmatia. This book adds to our understanding and conceptualization of sub-state regionalism and to the dynamics of decentralization in Central and Eastern Europe more generally.” (Wilfried Swenden, University of Edinburgh, UK and Managing Editor, Regional and Federal Studies)

“This study makes an important and timely contribution to the scholarship on regionalism, nationalism, and Southeastern Europe. The analysis weds a thoughtful overview of the relevant theoretical literature to a rich empirical comparison of regionalist movements that developed in Istria, Dalmatia, and Vojvodina in the wake of Yugoslavia's dissolution. In evaluating the success of such projects, Stjepanović highlights the key roles played by political parties, ethnic minorities, and both historical legacies and understandings. The book provides an invaluable typology of regionalisms and a nuanced assessment of territorial politics that offer alternatives to statehood. An urgent read in this era of renewed nationalism.” (Pamela Ballinger, University of Michigan, USA)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Stjepanović, Dejan

    Pages 1-11

  • Politics, Territory, and Nationalism: A Conceptual Framework

    Stjepanović, Dejan

    Pages 13-48

  • Istria in Croatia: The Politics of Plurinational Regionalism

    Stjepanović, Dejan

    Pages 49-100

  • Dalmatia in Croatia: The Politics of Sectional Regionalism

    Stjepanović, Dejan

    Pages 101-136

  • Vojvodina in Serbia: The Politics of Multinational Regionalism

    Stjepanović, Dejan

    Pages 137-190

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eBook $89.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-58584-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Multiethnic Regionalisms in Southeastern Europe
Book Subtitle
Statehood Alternatives
Authors
Series Title
Comparative Territorial Politics
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58585-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58585-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58584-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 215
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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