1st Edition

Structural Origins of Post-Yugoslav Regimes Elites, Civil Society and the State

By Valentina Petrović Copyright 2025
    184 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers a comparative study of minority-majority relations in post-conflict societies. Drawing on three contentious cases – Bulgaria, Croatia, and Montenegro – it explores how pluralist governance structures are established in minority rights regimes in new EU member and candidate states and how reform resilience is ensured. The author shows the importance of the compromise between minority and majority elites in democratizing countries by developing a comparative analysis of three understudied cases in the Balkans region. The book offers a conceptual framework drawing on extensive field research data. Of great interest to both scholars and practitioners alike, this book identifies transferable policy lessons of interest to a global audience and specifies under which conditions substantial reforms should be carried out. It will appeal to a broad audience of students interested in international politics, European studies, state-mandated displacement, and ethnic studies.


    Chapter 1: Unraveling Post-Yugoslav Transitions through Structural Realities and Elite Dynamics

    Chapter 2: Regime Outcome in the 1990s: Democracy, Autocracy and Hybrid Regime

    Chapter 3: Regime Outcome in the 2000s: Delayed democracy, authoritarian and hybrid regimes

    Chapter 4: Illiberal trends after 2010 in the post-Yugoslav successor states

    Chapter 5: Conclusion: Democratization Dynamics in Post-Socialist Europe



    Valentina Petrović is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Sociology at the University of Zurich. She previously studied at the American University of Beirut, the University of Zurich and Sciences Po Bordeaux. She holds a doctoral degree from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Her dissertation examined the in- fluence of classes, elites, civil society and state structures in the democratization process in post-communist countries, with a regional focus on the Yugoslav successor states. Her research interests include democratization, Europeanization, political mobilization and comparative political economy in the post-communist context.