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Politics in the area of former yugoslavia

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.06.00  Social sciences  Political science   

Code Science Field
S170  Social sciences  Political and administrative sciences 
Keywords
Slovenia,Croatia,Bosnia and Herzegovina,Serbia, Montenegro,Macedonia,former Yugoslavia,transition, Consolidation of democracy,political parties,party arenas,institutional engineering,ethnic conflicts, liberal democracy
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Researchers (6)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  22272  PhD Tomaž Boh  Political science  Junior researcher  2004 - 2006  60 
2.  03703  PhD Danica Fink Hafner  Political science  Head  2004 - 2007  675 
3.  15064  MSc Mirjam Kotar  Political science  Technical associate  2004 - 2007  47 
4.  16369  PhD Alenka Krašovec  Political science  Researcher  2004 - 2007  400 
5.  20223  PhD Simona Kustec  Political science  Researcher  2004 - 2007  457 
6.  22333  PhD Damjan Lajh  Political science  Researcher  2004 - 2007  501 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0582  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences  Ljubljana  1626957  39,467 
Abstract
The project focuses on politics in the area of former Yugoslavia from the end of the 1980s to the early 21st century. The key research goals are: 1) discovering the patterns of transition to democracy and their success involving contextual circumstances, constitutional choice, electoral choice, institutional engineering, characteristics of party arenas and the scope of sovereignty (presence of foreign/international forces) in six territorial political units - the former Yugoslav republics (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia); and 2) an analysis of relations between liberal and ethnic principles in party arenas and the related consequences for the democratisation and consolidation of party arenas in these territorial political units. Three hypotheses will be tested: a) the assumption that the six former Yugoslav republics form several different clusters according to their characteristics (as mentioned in research goal 1); b) that a critical proportion of ethnically-based parties in the party arena creating a nationalistically polarised party arena can be identified - similar to the critical proportion of anti-system parties (in party arenas based on the liberal principle) has been defined as the proportion that still allows the political system"s normal democratic functioning; and c) that through institutional engineering (especially electoral engineering) one or other principle of political party foundation and competition (liberal, ethnic) can be both encouraged and discouraged. The novel aspect of the research project lies in its inclusion of all the said units in the research while simultaneously combining various research approaches (comparative institutional approach, comparative qualitative research, transitology, specialised political science research into electoral systems, their consequences and the characteristics of party arenas, and partly research into conflict management in divided societies). The empirical research will be based on a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
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