“Status” of Democracy and Assumptions and Conditions for Its Embedment and Consolidation in Serbia Cover Image

„Status“ demokratije i pretpostavke i uslovi njenog ukorenjivanja i konsolidacije u Srbiji
“Status” of Democracy and Assumptions and Conditions for Its Embedment and Consolidation in Serbia

Author(s): Zoran Stojiljković
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Fakultet političkih nauka Univerziteta u Beogradu
Keywords: democracy; transition; consolidation; consensus

Summary/Abstract: Transition from mono-organizational, single-party, ideological and authoritar­ ian regimes to plural, competitive and democratic orders proved to be far more complex and uncertain process with much higher social price than analysts, and particularly citizens of the transition countries, expected and wished. The attitude of citizens of Serbia towards democracy which, in heavily burdened social environment, is not perceived as the key and urgent goal and value, ranks between dissatisfaction, doubts and distrust and a conditional and term sup­ port. Moreover, it is impossible to speak about citizens - their image and social portrait - in singular. Serbia is still deeply divided - it has at least four faces. One of them (liberal-democratic) is decisively turned toward future. Another one (authoritarian and social-national) is looking at the past. The third one (national-democratic) is indecisive - it would go to the future but, however, permanently contemplating and sometimes turning backwards, believing that thus it would also arrive where intended. The fourth, mute one, long ago stopped putting question marks above everything that was happening to us. All mutual arrangements, changes in balance of power and political divorces and marriages are still in the game, so in Serbia, at least in a short term, all stories are still possible.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 73-92
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Serbian