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Stagnation and Drift in the Western Balkans

The Challenges of Political, Economic and Social Change


Edited By Claire Gordon, Marko Kmezic and Jasmina Opardija-Susnjar

This volume allows a new generation of scholars, from the Balkans and beyond, to shed light on some of the struggles the region faces. The combination of post-communist and post-conflict transition, together with the current economic and financial crisis, pose difficult challenges for the Western Balkans.
What is the state of democracy in the region? Are the countries of the Western Balkans stuck somewhere between authoritarianism and genuine democracy? What are the remaining obstacles to state building? What effect has the crisis had on young people in the Western Balkans?
These are some of the questions the authors of this volume seek to answer. The studies look at different countries and combine methods from various disciplines ranging from political science, history, economics and law to sociology, anthropology and cultural studies.


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1 Prepared in the framework of the Regional Research Promotion Programme in the Western Balkans (RRPP), which is run by the University of Fribourg on a mandate of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, SDC, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The views expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent opinions of the SDC and the University of Fribourg. Snjezana Milivojevic High Tech Low Pay: Journalism and Journalists in Serbia This chapter addresses media transition as an aspect of democratiza- tion in the Western Balkans. The issue of the media and democracy is examined with particular attention to the quality of journalism and its capacity to respond to a changing media environment. This issue is important as Western Balkan countries are going through GLIÀFXOWDQGORQJWUDQVLWLRQVZKLFKDUHFRPSOLFDWHGE\WKHJOREDO economic crisis and technological changes in the media industry. The analysis focuses on Serbia but most of the general trends may be recognized throughout the region. The chapter starts by identifying changes in journalism as a global process. Unlike con- solidated democracies, where changes are triggered by technological revolution, in this region, changes are mostly connected to political and economic restructuring of media systems. The way in which these general trends affect Serbian journalism is presented through a discussion of the professional identity of journalists, their economic conditions, political autonomy and the technological challenges that they face. Empirical evidence is provided by the research project ‘Profession at the Crossroads – Journalism at the Threshold of the Information Society’,...

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