Advertisement

Discovering Balkan Patronages

Chapter
  • 223 Downloads

Abstract

Balkan patronages and patron-client relations, have shaped in an asymmetric, evolutionary discontinuous and rather deviated pattern as related to some common European trend of cultural development.“We are Europeans but not quite”(A. Konstantinov). This witty phrase might be exemplary for some tricky way to compensate the pressure of more advanced cultures and their politics, to defend a less certain Balkan identity. The Balkans are usually considered as“less lucky”product of history and politics, moreover their social reality, frame worked by inconsistent nation building and cultural deficits. Series of down falls pinpoint most Balkan cultures (Georgiev, 2007) which has shaped some“fatalism”(Semov, 2000) and a rather idealist perception of societal realities. This is a great challenge for the interdisciplinary research, often blurred by“anthropomorphism”or historical formalism. Both seem equally helpless when“applied”to the diverse complexity of the Balkans.

Keywords

Communist Party Balkan Country Totalitarian Regime Democratic Consolidation Political Patronage 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

o

  1. Georgiev, P. K. (2008): Conflicting Systems of Patronage in South Eastern Europe, Conflictology, Russian Academy of sciences/Conflictology Quarterly, 3.Google Scholar
  2. Konstan, D. (2008):“Aristotle vs. Cicero: Friendship and Patronage in Two Social Systems”. Lecture performed for the DFG Research group“Patrons, Friends, Clients”, University of Freiburg am Br., January, 14.Google Scholar
  3. Georgiev, P. K. (2007): The Bulgarian Political Culture, V & Ruprecht unipress, Göttingen, 169 pp.Google Scholar
  4. Samerski, St. (2007) (Hrsg.): Die Renaissance der Nationalpatrone. Erinnerungskulturen in Ostmitteleuropa im 20./21. Jahrhundert. Köln u. a.: Böhlau Verlag, 222 S.Google Scholar
  5. De Jong, F. (1980):“The Muslim Minority in Western Thrace”, in Georgina Ashworth (ed.), Muslim Minorities in the Eighties, Sunbury, Quartermaine House Ltd., p. 95.Google Scholar
  6. Wippermann, W. (2007): Agenten des Bösen. Verschwörungstheorien von Luther bis heute. Berlin, be.bra Verlag, 208 S.Google Scholar
  7. Merkel, W. (2008): Plausible Theory, Unexpected Results: The Rapid Democratic Consolidation in Central and Eastern Europe, in. International Politics and Society, 2, p. 11–29.Google Scholar
  8. Gjilas, M. (1983, 1957): The New Class: An Analysis of the Communist System, paperback, San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | GWV Fachverlage GmbH, Wiesbaden 2008

Personalised recommendations