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Pandemija i demokratija u jugoistočnoj Evropi
Pandemic and Democracy in Southeast Europe

Author(s): Dušan Pavlović
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, Political Sciences, Civil Society
Published by: Fakultet političkih nauka Univerziteta u Beogradu
Keywords: lockdown; hybrid regimes; democratic erosion; executive aggrandizement; Southeast Europe;

Summary/Abstract: I dicuss democratic erosion in the eight Southeast European post-communist regimes—Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Kosovo—during the 3-month lockdown (March-May 2020). Only one Southeast incumbent attempted to permanently aggrandize executive powers or change the character of the regime. This is Slovenia. Other regime’s incumbents either did not attempt to permanently change democratic rules; or if they did, the attempts did not result in permanent changes. Naturally, all conclusions are provisional because most Southeast regimes still keep some sort of lockdown as well as state of emergency and even curfew.

  • Issue Year: 2020
  • Issue No: 18
  • Page Range: 101-107
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Serbian