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By Danijela Dolenec

Josip Broz Tito's asserting that "one are not carry directly to the legislation like a drunken guy holds directly to a fence" continues to be a legitimate piece of well known knowledge this present day, encapsulating the matter of vulnerable rule of legislation in Southeast ecu societies. This publication poses the query of why democratization in Southeast Europe disenchanted preliminary expectancies and claims that this is often as a result of dominance of authoritarian events over regime switch. Their rule tested nondemocratic governance practices that proceed to subvert rule of legislations rules two decades later.

The exact contribution of this ebook is in delivering empirical facts for the argument that post-socialist transformation proceeded in a double circulation, wherein advances to formal democratic associations have been subverted via nondemocratic rule. This misfit is helping clarify why advancements to formal democratic associations didn't lead to anticipated democratization advances.

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Kitschelt’s regime typology starts from pre-communist experiences with democracy but develops into an argument on how communist regimes evolved and influenced politics and explaining democratisation 37 society until the eve of regime change. Hence previous experience with democracy is not introduced as a separate explanatory condition in the theoretical framework. Instead, Kitschelt’s typology of communist regimes is assumed to capture what is left of the pre-communist democratic experience. Another argument about the importance of historical legacies for democratisation focuses on state capacity and the strength of civil society at the time of regime change as key for subsequent democratisation prospects (Ekiert 1991).

The vast space that opened, while rewriting political and economic rules of the game, simultaneously created favourable conditions for abuse of power, insider deals and rampant corruption across the post-communist world (Vachudova 2009). In the case of former Yugoslav states, conflicts that went on during the 1990s further aggravated the problem of corruption by allowing political leaders to exploit extreme circumstances (Ramet and Wagner 2010) in which the initial capital accumulation was taking place far away from the public eye.

The case studies of Serbia and Croatia are employed both for theory testing and theory development (George and Bennett 2003). They put the empirical findings of fsQCA to further examination through systematic process tracing. Process tracing allows for distinguishing between spurious correlations versus relationships of cause and effect, and it can identify which causal mechanism is the most likely or most important (Hawkins 2009). At the same time, by focusing on identifying new causal mechanisms and causal paths that explain the ‘causal role of a particular independent variable across cases’ (George and Bennett 2003: 79) the case studies also serve the purpose of theory development.

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