Descriptive representation and political participation: exploring Croatia's non-dominant groups electoral turnout

Timofey Agarin, Petr Cermak

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Abstract

The series of ethnic conflicts in the Western Balkans over the 1990s in- volved primarily the constituent nations of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia: Serbs, Croats, Bosniaks, and later, Albanians and Macedonians. Ethnic violence has equally affected other numerically smaller groups residing in the geo- graphic areas affected by conflict between the dominant, de facto state-founding ethnic groups. The paper investigates the continuous importance of ethnic identity for political participation of non-dominant groups affected by the ethno-political dynamics of dominant groups in post-conflict Croatia. Analyses of the political mobilisation of non-dominant groups in regions previously affected by conflict offer evidence that their ethno-political mobilisation reflects the continuous importance of identity-politics in the context of highly ethnicised institutions ensuring political representation at national and municipal levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-70
JournalAnali Hrvatskog Politološkog Društva
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2019

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