By Nebojsa Vladisavljevic
The antibureaucratic revolution used to be the main an important episode of Yugoslav conflicts after Tito. Drawing on fundamental resources and state of the art examine, this e-book explains how well known unrest contributed to the autumn of communism and the increase of a brand new kind of authoritarianism, competing nationalisms and the break-up of Yugoslavia.
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A parallel structure was built in social services in which ‘producers’ in this area and ‘consumers’ were encouraged to establish contractual relations through enterprises and local communities and directly negotiate funding and the level of services, without the involvement of state organs. Political institutions conformed to the model and so an elaborate, interconnected and pyramidal system of institutions of indirect functional, territorial and political representation emerged. Political representation remained restricted to official organizations.
An observer remarked in the mid-1960s that Belgrade was the only communist capital with a parking problem (Rusinow 1977: 139). Such major socio-economic change was partly made possible by a major shift in the country’s international position. Within only a few years of Stalin’s death Yugoslavia had come a long way from isolation to having extensive links with the West, especially the United States which continued to provide significant economic aid in return for Tito’s independence from the Soviet Union, as well as with the Soviet bloc and many newly created states of the Third World (see Rajak in press).
The purge opened space for the creation of a new alliance between parts of the political elite. It included old guard and anti-reformist politicians, party ideologues, the young cadre concerned with increasing social inequality and all who feared the rise of nationalism. The quality of leadership, however, declined as most reform-minded and independent individuals were purged from important posts in the party-state and the economy. Tito, previously focusing largely on foreign policy, reasserted his position as final arbiter in internal political affairs and became regularly involved in personnel policy.
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