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January 16th, 2023
Welcome to the Hotel Euro

Ulazak Hrvatske u eurozonu se za sada pokazuje turbulentnijim nego što se očekivalo. Međutim, pravi će problemi biti dugoročne prirode. Jesmo li trebali ući u eurozonu? Naravno, pitanje je dobrim dijelom retoričko jer je odabir već učinjen. S jedne strane, politička elita u Hrvatskoj, bilo ona u izabranoj ili ona u monetarnoj vlasti, nikada ni […]

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December 28, 2022
Annals of the CPSA in 2022 - a year in review

Iza Anala Hrvatskog politološkog društva je još jedna uspješna godina. Naš „glavni proizvod“, devetnaesti svezak Anala, službeno je objavljen prije dva tjedna. Uz sedam izvornih znanstvenih članaka, šest recenzija, dva reagiranja, dva osvrta, jedan pregledni rad, jedno prethodno priopćenje, jedan uvodnik i jedno izvješće sa skupa (sve zajedno – 21 tekst), ovaj svezak je nešto […]

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December 2, 2022
The Tidö Agreement

Na parlamentarnim izborima u Švedskoj u rujnu 2022. većinu su glasova odnijele četiri stranke koje su najavljivale sastavljanje građanske, konzervativne, nesocijalističke vlade. To su Stranka umjerenih (M), Kršćanski demokrati (KD), Liberali (L) i Švedski demokrati (SD). Ovi posljednji su među strankama konzervativnog bloka osvojili i najveći broj zastupničkih mjesta. Ta je stranka pridobila povjerenje svakog […]

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November 2, 2022
The Wild Construction (II): Towards the (un)Cultural Anthropology of the Construction Site and the Metaphysics of the Mixer

„Divlja bauštela“ je termin za gradilište s aktivnom heterogenom grupom neprijavljenih radnika koja obavlja zahtjevan terenski posao „fizikalu“ – od kojeg su drugi iz bilo kojeg razloga odustali. Isplata nam je „faturetska“, odnosno nadničarska – „na ruke“ po završenom danu ili obavljenom poslu. Prekaljeni šef bi nam znao nadodati „...a ako ti se ne sviđa […]

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October 12, 2022
The Wild Construction (I): God and the Backhoes

Dok mi je znoj s čela kapao po betonskim blokovima od dvadeset kilograma, pitao sam se rade li i drugi politolozi ovo, koliko dugo, i je li ovo uopće za nas? Na fakultetu su postojale dvije struje – pesimistična („nažalost, radit ćete kao konobari ljeti, kao sezonski berači maslina i grožđa u jesen, a preko […]

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September 30, 2022
“Annihilate Those Stink Bugs!”

Ruska se politika verbalno približila tipičnoj genocidnoj retorici, koja je prethodila uništenjima cijelih naroda. Svi su oni prije pokolja i uništenja bili svedeni na bacile, viruse, mikrobe, žohare, crve, štakore… – na gamad koju treba istrijebiti s lica zemlje.

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September 16, 2022
Sailing is Necessary (II): Sailor and Steward, the Underside of the Adriatic

Pirati su pošast. John Locke osuđivao je tirane uspoređujući ih s tim neprijateljima ljudskog roda koji otimaju tuđe vlasništvo. A što je s neprijavljenim mornarima koji sezonski plove Jadranom i opslužuju turiste na krstarenjima? Vođeni Lockeovom logikom, mogli bismo reći da je pirat svaki onaj mornar koji ilegalno radi na brodu i državu lišava uplaćenog poreza.

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September 9, 2022
Sailing is Necessary, Commenting Daily Politics is Not (I)

Mnogi politolozi sretno i časno rade, kako se to običava reći, „u struci“. Brojnim drugim politolozima, međutim, iz različitih razloga to ne polazi za rukom. To ne znači da su nesretni i da im njihova mukotrpno stečena politološka znanja barem na neki način ne pomažu da se lakše nose sa životnim iskustvima.

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August 12, 2022
Myth as a Means to Construct a Coherent Identity on the 4chan Forum

Za radikalnu je desnicu bitno privlačiti nove članove na internetu, predstavljajući sebe većima, utjecajnijima, moćnijima te zabavnijima, nego što u stvari jesu. Kako bi to mogli postići, bitno im je održavati i perpetuirati specifičnu percepciju samih sebe – prema vani za privlačenje novih korisnika, ali i prema unutra, radi održavanja postojećih struktura identiteta te indoktrinacije […]

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July 26, 2022
The Kremlin Troubles: How the Application of Hard Power Reduces Russian Soft Power in the Post-Soviet Space

Strah je konstanta ruske vanjske politike. Počevši od saveza s Francuskom i Britanijom prije Prvog svjetskog rata zbog bojazni od Njemačke i Austro-Ugarske, preko iskustva sa stranim vojnim intervencijama na svom tlu tijekom građanskog rata, do sovjetskog podčinjavanja Istočne Europe poslije Drugog svjetskog rata kako bi služila kao tampon-zona prema Zapadu, Kremlj se nikad nije […]

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May 12, 2022
Emmanuel Macron in the Dire Straits of Political Life

Nakon duge kampanje i dramatičnoga prvog kruga u kojemu je čak troje kandidata osvojilo preko dvadeset posto glasova, Emmanuel Macron, nesuđeni junak našeg doba, reizabran je za predsjednika sedmoga najvećeg gospodarstva u svijetu i jedine nuklearne sile među državama članicama Unije. Pa ipak, Macronu u ustima ostaje okus gorči od pastisa, popularnoga galskog anisovca koji […]

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March 25, 2022
"Why should I be a minority in your state when you can be a minority in mine?" Territorial Federalism as a Solution to the Problem of the Constituency of Peoples in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Poznata izreka iz 1990-ih u naslovu teksta upućuje na možda i najveći problem Bosne i Hercegovine a to je razlika između pravno proklamirane i stvarne konstitutivnosti triju naroda na cijelom teritoriju BiH. Konstitutivnost triju naroda u praksi ne postoji, kako pokazuju i posljednji politički događaji u toj zemlji čija se nestabilnost nažalost sve češće spominje […]

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March 4th, 2022
Can Economic Sanctions Alter Putin’s Strategic Calculus?

U godinama prije same odluke Vladimira Putina da naredi potpunu invaziju na suverenu državu Ukrajinu 24. veljače 2022., njegov režim snažno je nastojao izvršiti potrebne pripreme kako bi osujetio učinkovitost svakog budućeg kruga ekonomskih sankcija Zapada. Doista, ekonomske sankcije uvedene kao reakcija na rusku aneksiju Krima i njezinu prešutnu potporu separatistima Donbasa 2014., na kraju […]

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January 21, 2022
Machiavellianism in Kazakhstan: How to Take an Advantage of the Protests Against Yourself?

Two weeks before the outbreak of protests in January 2022, Kazakhstan marked three decades of its independence. After the collapse of the USSR in December 1991, it faced a triple transition. All three were painstaking, but only the one concerning the building of an independent state can be said to have succeeded.

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December 24, 2021
The Ghosts of the Fiscal Past, Present and Future

Just when we forgot for a moment about the fiscal belt-tightening, it may be brewing again. Not so long ago we were still recovering from the effects of the 2007/08 financial crisis and the deep recession of 2009. Fiscal responsibility has emerged as a key issue and the EU has highlighted it as an indispensable part of any stabilization. We have been accustomed for years to hearing about wasteful Greeks, Italians, Spaniards, and Croats – about their inflated public debts and unsustainable budget deficits. Today the situation is even worse, but no one is upset about it. At least not yet. Why is that so?

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November 4, 2021
We Need Compulsory Vaccination, and Even That Will Not Be Enough to Defeat COVID-19

The Lancet recently published an editorial commentary on how COVID-19 cannot be defeated by vaccination alone. A neologism was introduced to explain this position. The corona crisis is not a pandemic but a “syndemic”. It is about networking and mutual reinforcement of biological-medical and social factors that negatively affect human health. Pandemics of a number of noncommunicable diseases and health-related conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, thyroid disease, tumors and various chronic diseases, make the population more susceptible to the most severe consequences of corona infection.

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October 13, 2021
The Traffic Light Coalition: The End of People’s Parties and the Revival of the Political?

The September elections were certainly the most exciting in post-war German history. The Greens experienced a huge rise, in some polls they even broke out in the first place, only to be grounded by a series of clumsy moves in the campaign of Annalene Baerbock, who was the first official green candidate for chancellor. In the end, they went far below the expected twenty percent of votes or more.

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September 24, 2021
From Washington Naval Conference to AUKUS: Control Over Pacific as a Key to China’s “Closed Doors”

The global power is shifting from the Euro-Atlantic area to Asia-Pacific. This structural transformation was noticed as early as the 1990s, but at the time America could not resist the intoxicating post-Cold War triumphalism and hubris of its supremacy. Only when pax Americana succumbed to the burdens of exhausting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the global recession of 2008, did the immediate geopolitical importance of the Pacific became fully apparent. By then, China already emerged as a rising power and a major regional rival.

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August 20, 2021
Is the Old Political Croatia Really Falling Apart?*

The extent of political change in the local elections held in May this year can be analyzed in different ways. To begin with, we can apply to the election results a relatively simple model developed by the German-American economist Albert Hirschman. In his study Exit, Voice, and Loyalty, originally published in 1970, Hirschman uses the terms ‘exit, ‘voice’ and ‘loyalty’ to describe the ways in which members of businesses, organizations, and states, or political systems, behave in situations of coping with problems or crises in their communities.

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July 28, 2021
Penalizing the Srebrenica Genocide Denial

Shortly before the end of his 12-year term as the High Representative of the International Community in BiH, Valentin Inzko intervened in state penal law by banning the denial of the genocide of Serbs against Bosniaks in Srebrenica in 1995. Although it has several dimensions, the essence of Inzko’s decision, based on the invasive Bonn powers of the High Representative, is the legal sanctioning of the denial of the Srebrenica genocide. One can speculate as to why this pale and insignificant Austrian diplomat did so. Is Inzko a political idiot who did not understand the potential consequences of his act for the fate of BiH, since neither the Republika Srpska nor the Republic of Serbia recognize the genocide in Srebrenica and will not accept his decision peacefully?

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July 9, 2021
Essential Differences or Practical Metaphors? The Secret of the Persistence of the Left-Right Division

The division of political parties and ideological programs into Left and Right is so ingrained in our perception of political reality that it is difficult to find an alternative. The reasons for this persistence have long been a mystery to political theorists and scientists. Why does this particular spatial metaphor occupy a central place in our understanding and configuration of the political landscape? What is so essential in these terms that it has given them so much mobilizing and affective power for centuries?

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June 18, 2021
Two-Faced Janus in Kyrgyzstan – Instability of Competitive Authoritarianism

Last year, Kyrgyzstan experienced the third big protests in 15 years which resulted with the change of power. After the removal of presidents in the Tulip Revolution in 2005, and the Melon Revolution in 2010, the new protests erupted over the fraud in the October 2020 parliamentary election. Protesters occupied the office of the president and the building of the parliament and released the former president Atambayev from prison. The Central Electoral Commission annulled the elections. President Jêênbekov could not stop these actions and resigned after being less than three years in office.

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June 11, 2021
The Victory of the Different

If we were to capture what happened in the 1152 local elections in Croatia in one word, no, it would not be that the new ones won. It would be more accurate to say that the different won. For the most part, they’re new, too, but that doesn’t fully describe what happened.

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June 4, 2021
Between Revolution and Reaction: Who Were the Mayors of Zagreb?

After a fierce campaign between two election rounds, and the first change of city government in two decades, it is a good time for a glance into the past of the turbulent last hundred years of elections in Zagreb.

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21. May 2021.
Local elections 2021 - a review of political scientist appearances in the media

As a short retrospective of the local elections, we an overview of public appearances and comments by political scientists who have offered their expertise to understand these unusually important elections.

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13. May 2021.
Richard – Premeditated Turbofolk

Richard succeeded because he threw in front of the people what the people love the most – the people themselves, as the only remaining opium for the people. And this love is greater because it is personified by Richard, as a kind of people’s character who puts the people in a position of safe distance. That is, the people prefer to recognize themselves in the figure of someone else because it also means that the character takes upon himself every ridicule or reproach that can be addressed to them.

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6. May 2021.
Kidnapping the Political Mind: Stockholm Syndrome of Croatian Voters

Politics in Croatia is usually perceived in a reductionist way – as a mere struggle for power. Once the elections are over, voters become unfree again and some other persons decide upon their fates, persons more “qualified” to decide what’s good for the citizens than citizens themselves. To paraphrase

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30. April 2021.
Nation as Sociality? Towards National Prosperity beyond Ethnic and Civic Nationalism

In a recent interview for Globus on the occasion of the publication of his book Transition to Nowhere, philosopher Boris Buden described post-Yugoslav ethnic nationalisms as those that “destroyed the social substance of the nation” and left it as an “empty identity shell without any ...

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April 23, 2021
Trial by Signatures: How to Prevent the Formation of Bogus Parties?

We are currently in a period of two cheerful weeks within which it is necessary to submit candidacies for representative bodies and executive bodies in counties, cities and municipalities. At the end of that period, when the full inventory of all the lists and running candidates is published, there will certainly be those that the public has not yet had a chance to hear about during the pre-campaign, and it will also turn out that some have stumbled already on the first step, since they haven’t managed to collect the minimum number of citizens’ valid signatures.

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Annals of the Croatian Political Science Association

Croatian Political Science Association
Faculty of Political Science
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