№137. Decentralisation of Serbia: The Minority Dimension Cover Image

№137. Decentralisation of Serbia: The Minority Dimension
№137. Decentralisation of Serbia: The Minority Dimension

Author(s): Beáta Huszka
Subject(s): Politics, Governance, Government/Political systems, Inter-Ethnic Relations, Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: CEPS Centre for European Policy Studies
Keywords: Serbia; decentralisation; minorities;
Summary/Abstract: This policy brief argues that the decentralisation of Serbia by degating more authority to municipalities could benefit minority groups that constitute a local majority. Although there are three such minority communities living in Serbia, the Bosniaks in Sandzak, the Albanians in Presevo Valley and the Hungarians in Vojvodina, the paper focuses on the first two groups, because their problems could potentially destabilise Serbia and the wider region. Thus, addressing the root causes of tensions in these two regions is an urgent task. Moreover, not only would minorities gain from sound decentralisation – all municipalities would do so regardless of ethnicity. Ultimately, decentralisation would be an essential step in Serbia’s democratisation process, following the example of other Central and East European countries.

  • Page Count: 7
  • Publication Year: 2007
  • Language: English