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The Thorny Issue of Ethnic Autonomy in Croatia: Serb Leaders and Proposals for Autonomy.

Caspersen, Nina (2003) The Thorny Issue of Ethnic Autonomy in Croatia: Serb Leaders and Proposals for Autonomy. Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, 4 (3). pp. 1-28.

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Abstract

The current political structure in Croatia provides the Serb minority with cultural autonomy and guaranteed political representation, and is a far cry from the demands that were voiced by Serb leaders before and during the conflict in the 1990s. This article argues that minority elite bargaining over this period constitutes an important explanatory factor in the development and functioning of these autonomy arrangements. Before, during and after the conflict, Serb elites adopted various proposals on autonomy that shaped the basis for further negotiation. By tracking the evolution and shifts in these positions, this article seeks to explain how such proposals came about, and argues that a combination of internal disagreements, changing relations with Belgrade and the interplay of actions and rhetoric within the Croatian government determined the path and ultimate shape of autonomy for the Serb community.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 34130
Deposited By: Mrs Yaling Zhang
Deposited On: 02 Sep 2010 15:42
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:33
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/34130

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