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Civic Participation and Elections in the Western Balkans
Civic Participation and Elections in the Western Balkans

Author(s): Elena Zlateva, Daniela Pastarmadzhieva
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, Civil Society, Electoral systems, Geopolitics
Published by: Университет за национално и световно стопанство (УНСС)
Keywords: Western Balkans; Montenegro; Serbia; civic participation; elections
Summary/Abstract: Citizen participation in the Balkans is an extremely important and up-to-date topic.During the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the European Union, the integration of theWestern Balkans to the EU became a topical issue again. The aim of the current study is to find towhat extent the societies are ready to participate in the political life of their countries. The casesthat we focus on are Montenegro and Serbia. We use comparative approach and apply a quantitative method, namely secondary processing of already collected quantitative data. The source of the used data is the Comparative study of electoral systems, Module 4, Eurobarometer and Balkan Barometer. We compare the studied countries on various indicators, including participation in elections; evaluation of the personal role in the formation of the government; awareness of the political platforms, etc. We also compare the studied countries to the most democratic countries in the EU as identified on the basis of data from EIU Democracy Index.

  • Page Range: 276-288
  • Page Count: 13
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: English