The Republic of Serbia: Stuck in the grey zone of democratization?

Republika Serbii: czy utknęła w szarej strefie demokratyzacji?

ORCID: Wiktor Hebda: 0000-0002-3279-7400

Afiliacja: Jagiellonian University, Poland

Pages: 173-194

Edition: Lublin 2020

DOI: https://doi.org/10.36874/RIESW.2020.3.8

Citation method: W. Hebda, The Republic of Serbia: Stuck in the grey zone of democratization?, „Rocznik Instytutu Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej” 18(2020), z. 3, s. 173-194, DOI: https://doi.org/10.36874/RIESW.2020.3.8.

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Abstract: The Republic of Serbia is a state overburdened with complex issues regarding its political transformation. These problems are a consequence of the dynamic changes which have occurred over the last 30 years. It should be remembered that Serbia underwent a transformation from an authoritarian to a democratic state in a relatively short period of time. Unfortunately, these dynamic political, economic, and social modifications coincided with serious systemic changes and this had an adverse impact on Serbian democracy. The political problems which directly influence the process of democratization are becoming more and more visible over time. One such problem is undoubtedly the fact that state power is in the hands of one political party: the Serbian Progressive Party. For states going through a transformation, such a concentration of power could have negative effects on the quality of democracy. This article evaluates the non-democratic trends in Serbia which stem from the strengthening of the Serbian Progressive Party, especially on the level of state power. The article also suggests that this development might lead to Serbia being categorized as a country which has become stuck in the so-called grey zone of democratization.

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