Yugoslavia: A State that Withered Away (Paperback)

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Yugoslavia
Paperback
Purdue University Press
12/17/2008
489pp
Philosophy, Public Policy
English
6.00" x 9.00"
1557534950
9781557534958
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Book Description

The disintegration of Yugoslavia was the result of many factors, not of a single one, but the primary one, the author argues, was commitment of the Yugoslav political elite to the Marxist ideology of withering away of the state. Ideology had a central place in Yugoslav politics. The trend of decentralization of Yugoslavia was not primarily motivated by reasons of ethnic politics, but by Marxist beliefs that the state should be decentralized and weakened until it was finally replaced by a self-managing society, especially the case during the extended period of the last 15 years before the actual breakdown of the Yugoslav socialist federation. Yugoslavia: A State that Withered Away examines the emergence, implementation, crisis, and the breakdown of the fourth (Kardeljs) constitutive concept of Yugoslavia (19741990), and relations between anti-statist ideology of self-management and the actual collapse of state institutions.

Book Reviews

Political Studies Review, Volume 10, Issue 2 [May 2012]

“This contribution on Yugoslavia is certainly a success because the author has managed to offer a markedly different view of the Yugoslav crisis and downfall, thus raising an important critique and re-evaluating already accepted and established accounts on Yugoslavia. Most notably, Jovic´ rejects the very popular, and certainly widely perceived, factor of ancient ethnic hatreds, among other things, as having led to the break-up. . . . The book is well written and easy to follow, and consequently will be of interest to an audience much wider than mere academic circles.”
—Vladimir
Đorđevic´

About the Author(s):

Dejan Jović is Lecturer in Politics and Director of The Centre for Neighbourhood Studies at University of Stirling, Scotland.  He is also a book review editor for The Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans.