Legitimacy and the Fall of Yugoslavia: the Crisis of the 1980s

  • John Williams


The 1980s was a decade of great international change, ranging from the second Cold War, through a new era of détente and ending with the spectacular collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. In the international economy, the debt crisis caused a ‘lost decade’ of development in the Third World and the growing influence of the international financial institutions carried a new economic liberal orthodoxy around the world, reinforced by the Uruguay Round of the GATT negotiations aiming at an ambitious liberalization of international trade.


Foreign Policy Debt Crisis Territorial Integrity Hard Currency Yugoslav Republic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Williams
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  1. 1.University of AberdeenUK

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