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Photo: “Palace balcany Unirii view“, by Simon Laird licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5. Hue modified from the original

Bieber, Florian. The Rise of Authoritarianism in the Western Balkans. New Perspectives on South-East Europe. Palgrave Pivot, Cham, 2020.


This article:

  • Provides general insights into the dynamics of competitive authoritarianism
  • Traces the roots of current semi-democratic regimes to the period of Yugoslav disintegration and wars in the 1990s
  • Combines disciplinary rigor with in-depth knowledge of the politics and societies in focus

The Illiberalism Studies Program studies the different faces of illiberal politics and thought in today’s world, taking into account the diversity of their cultural context, their intellectual genealogy, the sociology of their popular support, and their implications on the international scene.