Institutional and symbolic aspects of illiberal politics: the case of North Macedonia (2006–2017)

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Abstract

The paper discusses the underlying characteristics of Macedonian illiberal politics during the 11-year rule of the centre-right party VMRO-DPMNE (2006–2017) focusing on two aspects: institutional and symbolic. We argue that the unfair political competition was enabled by the weakness of pre-existing institutions and the population’s clientelist preferences, which were systematically exploited and expanded by VMRO-DPMNE. We also argue that the multi-ethnic character of the country, the disputed Macedonian national identity and the lack of viable international prospects allowed VMRO-DPMNE to construct a strong nationalist narrative that appealed to voters and further isolated the opposition.

Detaljer

Författare
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Queen Mary University
Forskningsområden

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Statsvetenskap

Nyckelord

Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)41-60
Antal sidor20
TidskriftSoutheast European and Black Sea Studies
Volym20
Utgåva nummer1
StatusPublished - 2019 okt 23
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa