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State disintegration in the context of macroeconomic crisis - the case of Yugoslavia

Project description

A closer look at the break-up of Yugoslavia

The break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s has been described as one of the most dramatic events in the restructuring of the former Eastern bloc. In this context, the EU-funded DISMAC-Y project will study the political disintegration process of Yugoslavia, a country with federalist-like state structures, complex multi scalar governance, and uneven regional development. This highly innovative project will focus on restructuring the Yugoslav monetary regime using newly available material resources. The project will build on an original framework to investigate disintegrative interactions between different factors of the Yugoslav economy from a historical political economy perspective. DISMAC-Y will compare the Yugoslav experience to other similar experiences of political (dis)integration.


"The Eurozone financial and economic crisis, Brexit, the rise of Euroscepticism, nationalist voices and populism, as well as the fall in public support for the European Union (EU) have brought concerns over European (dis)integration and Eurozone prospects to the top of the political agenda and academic discussions. DISMAC-Y places itself at the heart of these preoccupations and proposes to draw lessons from the process of political disintegration of Yugoslavia. This historicization of the European experience using a case study of a country that is known for its federalist-like state structures, complex multi-scalar governance, and uneven regional development, is a highly innovative research enterprise that fills the political economist and comparativist ""blind spots"" in the existing sholarship on Yugoslavia's breakup. The restructuring of Yugoslav monetary regime is taken as the entry point of the research that draws on newly available material resources and builds on original framework to explore disintegrative interactions between different actors and fields of Yugoslav economy in a historical political economy perspective. By providing a systemic study on the political and economic role of monetary regime in the period of macroeconomic crisis, DISMAC-Y makes the Yugoslav experience analytically comparable to other similar experiences of political (dis)integration, especially the European one. Hence, it considerably shifts the existing frontiers of the scholarship on Yugoslavia and deepens our understanding of the European integration and monetary experiences."




Net EU contribution
€ 174 167,04
Universitatsplatz 3
8010 Graz

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Südösterreich Steiermark Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00