The Populist Zeitgeist in “Pro-European” Serbia

Original scientific paper

Zoran Stojiljković ; Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade
Dušan Spasojević ; Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade

Fulltext: serbian, pdf (410 KB) pages 104-128 cite

In this paper we analyze the influence of populist ideas on the emergence and organization of new political parties in Serbia after the elections in 2007 and 2008. These elections represent the turning point in the development of the party system because only after the pro-European consensus among Democrats and Socialists was formed, the division within Serbian Radical Party occurred and the ideological space occupied by the relevant parties has narrowed. On the other hand, high level of distrust in politics among the citizens and lowering of the state of democracy facilitate the emergence of new actors who are, almost by rule, under the influence of the growing wave of populism in the world. In this paper, we apply the ideational approach to populism and, using the new actors as example, we aim to identify ideological and organizational variations which can develop under the influence of populism, as well as differences which emerge from the interpretation of populism in Serbia compared to some other countries.

Populism; Serbia; Ideologies; Political Parties; Serb Progressive Party

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