Vladimir Bakarić’s Stands On „CENTRALIST“ Opposition (1966-1969) Cover Image

Stavovi Vladimira Bakarića o centralističkoj opoziciji (1966-1969)
Vladimir Bakarić’s Stands On „CENTRALIST“ Opposition (1966-1969)

Author(s): Dino Mujadžević
Subject(s): History
Published by: Institut za noviju istoriju Srbije
Keywords: Vladimir Bakarić; stands; „centralists“; Communist Party of Yugoslavia (KPJ); Aleksandar Ranković

Summary/Abstract: Between 1966-1969, Vladimir Bakarićtop party leader of SKH (League of Communist of Croatia) shifted the focus of his attention to the federal level. The reform of the self-management system pas-sed unnoticed by the top leadership of SKJ (Communist League of Yugoslavia) but according to him it was not yet completed. In his opinion, the federal institutions and the vested interest of those con-nected with them were still taking away the larger part of the income earned by direct producers. It was Bakarićwho mostly advocated the interests of Croatian citizens who he considered to be specially threatened by the Yugoslav banking system, excessive giving to the Fond for the Undeveloped and the large infrastructure projects. He also kept pointing out that it was necessary to strengthen the market elements in the Yugoslav economy and put an end to the artificial and ineffective economy that relied on state protection. He considered the main opponents of the self-management reform to be an ideologically non coherent group he called the „centralists“ who supported the „old system“ or bureaucratism that was mostly active in the capital of the SFRY (Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) and Socialist Republic of Serbia - in Belgrade. This group was active in the federal and republic organs as well as in the economy and the media. Bakarić used his influence in the top Yugoslav leadership and in SKH structures from 1966-1969 to lead a campaign behind closed doors and inside the party forms against what he called „centralist“ forces while at the same time preferred a cautious and balanced discussion with them in the media that was under his control in SRH (Socialist Republic of Croatia). After Bakarićleft the top leadership position in SKH in 1969 the new leadership abandoned his cautious policy and engaged in a fierce public campaign against the real and imagined „centralism“.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 40-63
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Croatian