Rowman and Littlefield International

Democratic Institutions and Authoritarian Rule in Southeast Europe

By Danijela Dolenec

Publication Date: May 2013

Pages 254

Paperback 9781907301438
£30.00 €41.00 $46.00
Recipient of the 2013 National Science Award in the Field of Social Sciences, conferred by the Parliament of Croatia. Josip Broz Tito's saying that 'one should not hold on to the law like a drunken man holds on to a fence' remains a valid piece of popular wisdom today, encapsulating the problem of weak rule of law in Southeast European societies. This book poses the question of why democratisation in Southeast Europe disappointed initial expectations, and claims that it is caused by the dominance of authoritarian parties over regime change. Their rule established nondemocratic governance practices that continue to subvert rule of law principles, more than twenty years after the collapse of communism. The unique contribution of this book is in providing empirical evidence for the argument that post-socialist transformation proceeded in a double movement, whereby advances to formal democratic institutions were subverted through nondemocratic rule. This misfit helps explain why improvements to formal democratic institutions did not result in expected democratisation advances.

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