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Political Elites and Decentralization Reforms in the Post-Socialist Balkans

Regional Patronage Networks in Serbia and Croatia


Part of the New Perspectives on South-East Europe book series (NPSE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Alexander Kleibrink
    Pages 1-35
  3. Alexander Kleibrink
    Pages 36-59
  4. Alexander Kleibrink
    Pages 83-101
  5. Alexander Kleibrink
    Pages 102-120
  6. Alexander Kleibrink
    Pages 121-151
  7. Alexander Kleibrink
    Pages 152-175
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 176-231

About this book


Across the globe, more powers are being devolved to local and regional levels of government. This book provides an innovative analysis of such decentralisation in transition states in the Balkans. Using new and rich data, it shows how political elites use decentralisation strategically to ensure their access to state resources.


Political elites decentralisation Balkans Serbia Croatia transition states local government regional government Electoral System government Institution reforms

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-BuildingGermany
  2. 2.Free University BerlinGermany

About the authors

Alexander Kleibrink is Senior Fellow at the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building and Associated Fellow at the Free University Berlin. He has been working on regional development, innovation policy and open governance, and has engaged in several projects on good governance.

Bibliographic information


“The monograph is a useful and welcome work in several respects. It offers a fresh take on decentralisation studies, shifting away from ethnically-centred discussions on decentralisation … . the study is a refreshing and important one. The shift of focus towards the agency of the political elites, and in particular towards a resources-driven framework, is much needed; for anyone familiar with the region … .” (Tena Prelec, Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 69 (6), 2017)

“There are several reasons to recommend Alexander Kleibrink’s Political Elites and Decentralization Reforms in the Post-Socialist Balkans to anyone interested in the politics of decentralization in Europe. … The analytical core of the book is a comparison of decentralization reforms in Croatia and Serbia, or more specifically of the devolution of powers to two historical regions within each country – Istria in Croatia and Vojvodina in Serbia.” (Vera Šćepanović, Regional Studies, July, 2016)