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Dunja Larise orcid id ; Europski sveučilišni institut, San Domenico di Fiesole, Italija

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str. 71-97

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Belief in market economy has shown particular strength in post-socialist
countries as being accompanied by great expectations regarding economic
improvements at the individual level. Twenty years after the fall of the, so-
-called, real existing socialism these hopes have been fawned for the great
majority of the citizens of these countries. The equation offered to explain the
tendential low of individual living standard despite of increasing GDP, the access
to European integrations and the implementation of structural reforms in
the first decade of 2000s has been that the transition towards market economy
has not yet been completed and that the problems with the wider prosperity
of the citizens are due to inadequate or too slow course of the reform enforcement.
This article proposes the exact opposite view by arguing that the wide
economic deprivation of the citizens as well as the current economic crisis in
which they are caught, are the effects of the neoliberal re-structuration and
concomitant “democratization”, and not the result of the lack of compliance to
it. This article holds that the economic prosperity for the great majority is not
compatible with the project of neoliberal economy cum conservative liberal
democracy and that it can not be achieved within this frame. In post-socialist
countries this simple conclusion has been obscured by the eschatological discourse
about “transition towards democracy”.

Ključne riječi

transition; neoliberal economic doctrine; political doctrine of democratization; conservative liberal democracy; democratizational entrepreneurs

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