Policy-Making at the European Periphery

The Case of Croatia

  • Zdravko Petak
  • Kristijan Kotarski

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Policy-Making Process in the Newest EU Member State

  3. Croatia’s Political Economy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Anita Čeh Časni, Petra Palić, Maruška Vizek
      Pages 127-145
    3. Kristijan Kotarski, Marina Tkalec
      Pages 147-168
    4. Hrvoje Šimović, Milan Deskar-Škrbić
      Pages 169-186
    5. Milan Deskar-Škrbić, Kristijan Kotarski, Luka Brkić
      Pages 187-205
  4. Sectoral Public Policies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Tihomir Žiljak, Nikola Baketa
      Pages 265-283
    3. Jakša Puljiz, Sanja Maleković, Ivana Keser
      Pages 285-302
    4. Ana Petek
      Pages 303-320
    5. Zdravko Petak, Kristijan Kotarski
      Pages 321-337
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 339-342

About this book


This book examines Croatia's economic and political transformation over the last 30 years. It brings together the best political scientists, macroeconomists and public finance experts from Croatia to provide an in-depth analysis of the Croatian policy-making context and the impact of Europeanization upon its domestic institutional framework. The second part of the book scrutinizes the political economy context and Croatia's long-term  macroeconomic under-performance, especially in comparison to other transition economies. The final part explores sectoral public policies, including cohesion policy, education, health, pensions, and local government. The book offers a unique blend of Croatia's political economy framework  and public policy analysis.
Zdravko Petak is Professor of Political Science at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. His research interests are public policy analysis, comparative public policy, European public policy, local politics and political finance. He was president of the Croatian Political Science Association (1999-2002) and editor-in-chief of The Annals of Croatian Political Science Review (2004-2013). 
Kristijan Kotarski is Assistant Professor at Faculty of Political Science, University Zagreb, Croatia. His research interests include international political economy, economic policy and the EU. He is head of the Centre for European Studies at Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb and also serves professionally as a Director for the University of Zagreb specialist degree “Adaptation to the EU: Project Management, EU funds and EU programs”.


Croatia policy-making clientelism EU membership governance monetary policy banking regulation Europeanisation Croatian politics lobbying interest groups Croatian capitalism Croatian GDP Croatian National Bank (CNB) Croatian health system Croatian pensions system actors policy goals policy design captured state

Editors and affiliations

  • Zdravko Petak
    • 1
  • Kristijan Kotarski
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Political ScienceUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  2. 2.Faculty of Political ScienceUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia

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