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Why has Slovenia been quicker to consolidate democracy than Croatia?: A comparative study since their indepedence in 1991
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This research will compare why two such comparable countries like Slovenia and Croatia have taken different paths towards consolidating democracy. The two countries on the same day in 1991 declared independence from Yugoslavia but only Slovenia managed to successfully consolidate democracy during the 1990s. The purpose of this study is to analyze what differences and similarities Croatia and Slovenia have had which has made them take different paths towards consolidating democracy.

The theoretical framework will apply Linz and Stepans theory on consolidating democracy from the countries independence in 1991 until Croatia in 2013, like Slovenia in 2004, became member of the European Union.

The results demonstrate that Croatia during the 1990’s were governed by a party and president in a non-democratic way while Slovenia since its independence has implemented all the necessary tools for a successful consolidation of democracy. In 1999 Croatia’s president died and this was the start of a new era in Croatian politics. In 2000 the ruling party was defeated by a coalition which immediately begun to integrate Croatia with the European Union and in essence started to consolidate democracy. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
croatia, slovenia, democratization, democratic consolidation, linz & stepan, three dimensions
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-49290OAI: diva2:899112
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
International Social Sciences Programme, specialization Global Studies, 180 credits
Available from: 2016-02-03 Created: 2016-01-26 Last updated: 2016-02-03Bibliographically approved

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