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Institutional power and the rise of Milošević

Vladisavljević, Nebojša (2004) Institutional power and the rise of Milošević. Nationalities Papers, 32 (1). pp. 183-205. ISSN 0090-5992

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Identification Number: 10.1080/0090599042000186160


The consensus among specialists on the politics of socialist Yugoslavia and supporters of Slobodan Milošević is that he rose personally as the leader due to a broad appeal of his political programme. According to one version of the political programme thesis, Milošević overwhelmed his initially more powerful opponents in the leadership of Serbia in 1987 by obtaining majority support in higher ranks of the party for his nationalist programme, namely the reduction of autonomy of Kosovo. The other version of the thesis says that he extended nationalist appeals to the population at large and established control over party and state organs in the largest republic of federal Yugoslavia largely by bringing pressure from society on the political elite. In any case, Milošević emerged from the leadership struggle as a very powerful leader and was thus able to purge his rivals from the regional leadership and embark upon the implementation of a nationalist programme. The supporters of Milošević have largely agreed with the specialists. Borisav Jović, his right-hand man, claimed, “the removal of bureaucratic leadership of Serbia, which had subserviently accepted the division of Serbia in three parts,” to be one of their main achievements.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2004 Association for the Study of Nationalities
Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2008 11:04
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:14

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