The Rise of Authoritarianism in the Western Balkans

  • FlorianĀ Bieber

Part of the New Perspectives on South-East Europe book series (NPSE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Florian Bieber
    Pages 1-11
  3. Florian Bieber
    Pages 13-30
  4. Florian Bieber
    Pages 31-88
  5. Florian Bieber
    Pages 89-138
  6. Florian Bieber
    Pages 139-150
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 151-155

About this book


This book explores the stagnation of democracy in the Western Balkans over the last decade. The author maps regional features of rising authoritarianism that mirror larger global trends and, in doing so, outlines the core mechanisms of authoritarian rule in the Balkans, with a particular focus on Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia. These mechanisms include the creation of constant crises, the use of external powers to balance outside influences, as well as state capture. The authoritarian patterns exist alongside formal democratic institutions, resulting in competitive authoritarian regimes that use social polarization to retain power. As the countries of the Western Balkans aspire, at least formally, to join the European Union, authoritarianism is often informal.

Florian Bieber is Professor for Southeast European History and Politics and Director of the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Austria. He coordinates the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG) and has been a visiting professor and fellow at Cornell, NYU, Central European University, and LSE.


democracy in Western Balkans crisis of democracy semi-authoritarianism Milosevic Tudjam dissolution of Yugoslavia communism Croatia Serbia Montenegro Macedonia Kosovo Albania Bosnia and Herzegovina media freedom nationalism European integration geopolitics democratization competitive authoritarianism

Authors and affiliations

  • FlorianĀ Bieber
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Southeast European StudiesUniversity of GrazGrazAustria

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