State-sponsored populism and the rise of populist governance: the case of Montenegro

Dzankic, J. and Keil, S. (2017) State-sponsored populism and the rise of populist governance: the case of Montenegro. Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies. ISSN 1944-8953.

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Ever since it became independent in 2006, Montenegro has steadily progressed in its ambition to accede to the European Union. Even so, a new form of populism, dominated by neither a far-right nor a far-left discourse, but controlled by leading political elites in the country’s government has developed in Montenegro. This form of populism is not a mechanism of ensuring the dominance of the Democratic Party of Socialists (Demokratska Partija Socijalista Crne Gore, DPS) in Montenegro per se. Instead it is used as a tool to support and enhance other mechanisms that the party utilizes in order to stay in power and remain the dominant force in the country. Hence, we can observe the growth of a new kind of populism, a state-sponsored populist discourse that is very different from populism as understood in Western Europe. What we find in Montenegro is a government that
uses populist language and messages to support a clientelistic state system.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
J Political Science
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN9600 Balkan States
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Dr Soeren Keil
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 10:48
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2018 08:46

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