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‘New Left’ in the Post-Yugoslav space: Issues, sites, and forms

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    Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Socialism and Democracy Vol. 29 Issue 3 on December 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08854300.2015.1089094.”

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalSocialism and Democracy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2015


Since 2008, the ‘new left’ forces have definitely stepped onto the political and social stage of the post-Yugoslav societies. They experienced some successes, the first one being the very existence of a new internationally connected and modern left ready to struggle against the post-socialist predicament. Although largely politically unsuccessful, the plenums formed and functioned at the universities and in the Bosnian cities, movements struggling for the commons developed across the region, and significant street protests occurred. The ‘new left’ challenged nationalist, conservative, and neoliberal hegemony and opened a space for public presence of leftist ideas via the media, festivals, and public gatherings. However, the single-issue struggles are not necessarily connected. Urban initiatives are not always interested in workers’ struggles, while students and professors often fail to reach beyond academia. Attempts to build a sustainable and wider movement or stronger political parties capable of challenging the established parties or influencing municipal, regional and state politics have so far proved unsuccessful.

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  • the left, new social movements, activism, the Balkans

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