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РАСЦЕПИ У СРБИЈИ И УСТАЉЕЊЕ ДЕМОКРАТИЈЕ
CLEVEAGES IN SERBIA AND CONSOLIDATION OF DEMOCRACY

Author(s): Slobodan Antonić
Subject(s): Political history, Government/Political systems, Evaluation research, Transformation Period (1990 - 2010)
Published by: Српско социолошко друштво
Keywords: party cleveages; democracy; transition; elites; political system;

Summary/Abstract: The article discusses the sociological obstacles for consolidation in Serbia after 2000. The author claim that the reason for slow consolidation lies squarely with the type of political cleavages that continue to dominate Serbian politics. Throughout Eastern Europe, symbolic conflicts relatively quickly gave way to distributional conflicts during the 1990s. Distributional conflicts typically result in compromise, which is why they are regarded as favorable to consolidation of democracy. Other type of dominant cleavages is ideological and symbolical. Ideological cleavages divide the body politics to those who were loyal to the previous regime and to those who support the current reformists, and symbolical cleavages are identity-based. The inability to remove the symbolical issues from the political agenda in seven years is what undermines the weak foundation for democracy in Serbia today.

  • Issue Year: 41/2007
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 21-55
  • Page Count: 35
  • Language: Serbian