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The Absent Socioeconomic Cleavage in Croatia: a Failure of Representative Democracy?

Dolenec, Danijela
The Absent Socioeconomic Cleavage in Croatia: a Failure of Representative Democracy? // Politička misao : Croatian political science review, Vol 49. (2012), svezak 5; 69-88 (podatak o recenziji nije dostupan, članak, znanstveni)

The Absent Socioeconomic Cleavage in Croatia: a Failure of Representative Democracy?

Dolenec, Danijela

Politička misao : Croatian political science review (0032-3241) Vol 49. (2012), Svezak 5; 69-88

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Radovi u časopisima, članak, znanstveni

Ključne riječi
Political cleavages; political party competition; representative democracy; socioeconomic inequalities; Croatia in comparative context

This paper engages with the broader debate about the failures of representative democracy through a critical analysis of political cleavages in Croatia from 1991 until the present. Building on existing studies which repeatedly show that in Croatia political party competition is not structured along socioeconomic cleavages, I argue that a socioeconomic cleavage exists in society, but is not represented in the parliamentary arena. This hypothesis is backed up by data from the ISSP survey (2009), aggregate comparative data as well as an overview of existing studies. Available evidence points to growing social stratification in society, while the citizens of Croatia are aware of socioeconomic inequalities, they exhibit egalitarian value orientations and their economic preferences seem coherent when approached from a social class perspective. The second part of the paper formulates potential explanations for this proposed mismatch between social dynamics and its representation in the parliamentary arena, ranging from the role of communist historical legacies and the impact of nation-building and war in the 1990s, towards considering the way in which major political parties were influenced by European political party families and the European integration process more broadly. Overall, the analysis suggests that in Croatia structural conditions are conducive to a socioeconomic cleavage, but that interests on their own cannot trigger collective social action – effective representation must be fought for through political articulation and mobilisation.

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Projekt / tema
015-0152481-2478 - Hrvatska u regionalnom okruženju (Mirjana Kasapović, )

Fakultet političkih znanosti, Zagreb

Autor s matičnim brojem:
Danijela Dolenec, (270406)

Časopis indeksira:

  • Web of Science Core Collection (WoSCC)
    • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)

Uključenost u ostale bibliografske baze podataka:

  • CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • ProQuest Political Science