Serbia: Reforms under Stress

Brusis, Gordana
June 2009
Südost-Europa;2009, Vol. 57 Issue 2/3, p305
Academic Journal
This article investigates the quality of democracy, market economy and political management in Serbia, based upon the situation in 2007-2009. It is argued that Serbia has made impressive progress in democratic and economic reforms since the end of the Miloşević regime. The government and all major political actors opposed Kosovo's declaration of independence in February 2008, but have respected international law and largely used diplomatic means to promote their position. The global economic crisis has exacerbated existing social divisions and is likely to weaken the societal basis of support for liberal, pro-European parties in the future. These developments have increased the stress under which the ruling political elites have to implement adjustment and reform measures while ensuring the acceptance of reforms in society.


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