Big dreams and small steps: comparative perspectives on the social movement struggle for democracy in Serbia and North Macedonia

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This paper provides a comparative analysis of social movements’ characteristics and capacities to struggle against illiberal tendencies and incite political change in Serbia and North Macedonia. First, we discuss the illiberal elements of political regimes in the countries in question, Serbia and North Macedonia. Then, we provide a comprehensive overview of progressive social movements in the two countries, formed and organized as a response to different authoritarian and non-democratic tendencies. Finally, we point to some differences in their organizing, coalition-forging and issue-defining principles, which, we believe, may help to explain the relative success of social movements in North Macedonia in producing relevant political outcomes, compared to the weak political impact of social movements in Serbia. Empirical data were collected during the summer of 2018 through in-depth interviews with members of social movements in North Macedonia and Serbia.

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Draško, G. P., Fiket, I., & Vasiljević, J. (2020). Big dreams and small steps: comparative perspectives on the social movement struggle for democracy in Serbia and North Macedonia. Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea, 20(1), 199–219. https://doi.org/10.1080/14683857.2019.1654317

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