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The Blunt Tool: Inappropriateness of the Concept of Transition for the Analyses of Democratic Consolidation

Dražen Lalić ; Fakultet političkih znanosti, Sveučilište u Zagrebu, Zagreb, Hrvatska
Pero Maldini ; Odjel za komunikologiju, Sveučilište u Dubrovniku, Dubrovnik, Hrvatska
Ivana Andrijašević ; Središnji državni ured za e-Hrvatsku, Zagreb, Hrvatska

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str. 29-49

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The article is analyzing the inappropriateness of the “classical” theories of transition for the analyses of democratic consolidation in the contemporary post-communist societies, including the Croatian one. The authors are claiming that the aforementioned theories are insufficient for a subtle explanation of the recent ongoing major political and social changes in the post-communist societies. The article is stressing the most characteristic examples of the “bluntness”, i.e. of the inappropriateness of the transition theory basic concepts for the analyses of democratic consolidation, as well as of the socio-cultural and socio-structural assumptions and other important concepts related to the post-communist transition phenomenon. Furthermore, the article is exposing the problems connected with various interpretations of the phases of the transition period in relation to the cleavage between the institutional constitution of the democratic system and the democratic deficit characteristic of the post-communist states. Finally, the article is bolding the necessity of re-conceptualization of the basic concepts of the theory of transition; however, not towards the construction of a new theory, but rather towards the adaptation of the existing theory to the recent social and political processes in the contemporaneous post-communist societies.

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transition, democracy, democratic consolidation, post-communist countries, Croatia

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