№ 4, 2008
Political life in today’s Serbia can only be qualified as chaotic. The country does not have any consistent coalitions whatsoever, the political institutes are extremely unstable, and the level of the authorities’ legitimacy is way too low. E.Chirimis believes that the specific multi-component structure of the Serb society together with the institutionalisation of the cultural cleavage and its underpinning at the level of political parties is the reason for this state of affairs. The article demonstrates how the latent subcultural divergences were given a “political superstructure” and thus transformed into “segment-forming contradictions”. These contradictions, according to the author, doom Serbia to instability, all the more that the country’s institutional structure resides on the principle “winner takes it all”: when a system with a unified public sphere combines several antagonistic cultures, they will inevitably fight for dominance, and the “underdog” culture will never accept the defeat. This means that the “winner”, in its turn, can never be sure of its status and despite the most rigorous observation of the democratic norms will always lack legitimacy in ruling the nation.
№ 1, 2008
The article of E.Chimiris presents a logical scheme that is capable, according to the author, of tracing the dimensions of further work on the classification of revolutions. Based on the decomposition of social processes determined as revolutions, E.Chimiris constructed a number of matrixes allowing to categorize revolutions upon such criteria as the source (catalyst) of revolutionary processes, vector of movement, revolutionary ideology and use of violence. Explaining the plurality of such categorization by the specificity of the very notion of “revolution”, Chimiris assumes that the phenomenon of revolution is unlikely to ever be completely analyzed, since the political practice provides for new examples of revolutionary processes that go beyond the customary schemes.
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