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Montenegro: "Lost" in Statehood Problem
Montenegro: "Lost" in Statehood Problem

Author(s): Filip Milačić
Subject(s): Governance, Government/Political systems, Developing nations, Sociology of Politics, Politics and Identity
Published by: Hrvatsko politološko društvo
Keywords: Montenegro; consolidation of democracy; nation-state building; identity issues;

Summary/Abstract: Almost 20 years since the fall of the semi-authoritarian regime, Montenegro is still regarded as a defective and not as a consolidated democracy. This article puts forward one key determinant for the slow process of democratic consolidation in Montenegro – the unresolved statehood problem. It thereby does not focus on the functional state, but instead uses the classical definition of statehood with three dimensions: state power, state territory, and the people. The article seeks to contribute to a better understanding of two issues: the democratization process of Montenegro and the relationship between the state and democracy. It uses the explaining outcome process tracing method and attempts to craft a minimally sufficient explanation of an outcome by developing theoretical causal mechanisms.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 14
  • Page Range: 107-124
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: English