Heritage Protection Policies from the Perspective of the Social Sciences: The Case of Croatia and Non-EU South-East European Democracies

  • Saša Poljanec-BorićEmail author
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Heritage protection is a social invention established in proto-democratic countries. Through two centuries of modernisation, heritage protection has become an important public-sector activity in all Western European democracies. Transition in parallel with accession to the EU enabled the earlier integrated countries to benefit from the transfer of best practices of heritage protection from the core EU countries. Such a transfer has not taken place in belatedly integrated Croatia or in other non-integrated South-East European democracies. The mentioned deficit fundamentally threatens sane heritage protection schemes in South-East Europe. Sane heritage protection policies could be reintroduced in South-East Europe by integrating heritage urbanism principles into urban, rural and space development policies in order to couple the protection, revival and enhancement of cultural heritage at the same time. Therefore, heritage urbanism could help bridge the asymmetries in heritage protection policies on the European continent.


Heritage urbanism Protection Policy Modern Postmodern 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Social Sciences Ivo PilarZagrebCroatia

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