Democratic Transition in Croatia: Value Transformation, Education & Media

Democratic Transition in Croatia: Value Transformation, Education & Media

Democratic Transition in Croatia: Value Transformation, Education & Media

Democratic Transition in Croatia: Value Transformation, Education & Media

Synopsis

With the fall of communism and the breakup of Yugoslavia, the successor states have faced a historic challenge to create separate, modern democracies from the ashes of the former authoritarian state. Central to the Croatian experience has been the issue of nationalism and whether the Croatian state should be defined as a citizens' state (with members of all nationality groups treated as equal) or as a national state of the Croats (with a consequent privileging of Croatian culture and language, but also with a quota system for members of national minorities). Sabrina P. Ramet and Davorka Matic have gathered here a series of studies by important scholars to examine the development of Croatia in the aftermath of communism and the war that marred the transition.

Sixteen scholars of the region discuss the values and institutions central to Croatia's transformation from communism and toward liberal democracy. They discuss economic change, political parties, and the uses of history since 1989. To understand the patterns in Croatia, they examine how civic values have been expressed, reinforced, and sometimes challenged through religion, education, and the media. The implications of nationalism in its various manifestations are treated thematically in all the analyses.

This book is a companion volume to a similar study on Slovenia, edited by Sabrina P. Ramet and Danica Fink-Hafner and released in fall 2006. Together, these two works form an important case study in comparison and contrast between two countries in the same region going through the transition from communism to liberal democracy. Scholars and policy makers will find a wealth of material in these two volumes.

Excerpt

This book would not have been possible without the generosity of the Norwegian Research Council in providing funding for a conference held in Trondheim on 3–4 September 2004. We wish to acknowledge in particular the support of Professor Ola Listhaug and the work of Beata Eggan, who contributed to the success of the conference. We are also indebted to Florentina Misimi, who worked as conference assistant and helped to facilitate the work of the conference.

We are grateful to Stefano Bianchini, Dragana Dulić, Danica FinkHafner, Tvrtko Jakovina, Stein Kuhnle, Vanja Monti-Graovac, Kari Osland, Rudi Rizman, Albert Simkus, Džmal Sokolović, and Mark Thompson for offering comments on the chapter drafts presented at the conference. We also wish to thank Ognjen Čaldavorić, Marijan Gubić, and Zachary T. Irwin for providing comments on the penultimate draft of Erik Solem’s chapter, and we thank Norman Cigar and the anonymous reader for Texas A&M University Press for comments on the manuscript as a whole. We are also deeply grateful to Christine Hassenstab for significant assistance in the preparation of the index for this book.

Although we use diacritics throughout this book, we have decided, following a well-established tradition, to spell the name of Croatia’s first . . .

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