Discovering Balkan Patronages
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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.
KeywordsCommunist Party Balkan Country Totalitarian Regime Democratic Consolidation Political Patronage
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