Actors without Society: The role of civil actors in the postcommunist transformation

Actors without Society: The role of civil actors in the postcommunist transformation

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27. Nov. 2009 by Srdan Dvornik
Heinrich Böll Stiftung
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Place of Publication: Berlin
Date of Publication: November, 2009
Number of Pages: 156
License: All rights reserved.
ISBN / DOI: 978-3-86928-016-5

Publication Series Democracy, Volume 15

Actors without Society

Twenty years after the epoch-making change in 1989, which affected the post-Yugoslavian space in a way entirely different from other former “real-socialist” European countries, this study is an effort toward an analytical view on the past two decades of development of civil society in the western Balkans. The development there does not correspond to the theoretical outlines of the democratic transition or transformation. The primary reason lies in the fact that in socialist Yugoslavia, like in other societies of the “real socialism” in the East, the relation between state and society substantially differed from this relation in free capitalist societies. This difference in the relation between state and society, as the author of this study Srđan Dvornik points out, had a decisive impact on the emerging civil societies. The study shows: Without civic engagement, there will be no changes, and the engagement of seemingly marginal actors achieves more than would be expected on the basis of their “systemic” place.



Table of contents:

7 Preface

11 Introductory note

13 Postcommunist “revolutions”: making their own foundation

14 What was the change about?

25 We have democracy, we (still) don’t have society

43 Projections and reality

63 The new communities

64 The subaltern, politically passive society

76 Post-Yugoslav states and nationalist revolutions

99 Civil society and the self-established actors

100 Civic/civil society – from autonomy to political activism

119 The space for civil attitude in the post-Yugoslav countries

133 Actors without society

143 Instead of a conclusion

144 Literature