Filip Milačić

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I am currently doing a research on the book - titled "Stateness and Democratic Consolidation: Lessons from former Yugoslavia" - that will be published by Springer, Wiesbaden. In my new book, I investigate the democratization processes on the territory of former Yugoslavia with an emphasis on two aspects: different outcomes in the democracy consolidation process and reasons for recent democratic backsliding. I identify the unresolved issues of territory and national identity as responsible for an erratic and zigzagging course toward a consolidated democracy that has been marked by sluggish progress coupled with episodes of stagnation and declining democratic quality. I furthermore argue that what makes the democratization process additionally uncertain under the conditions of unresolved issues of territory and national identity is the fact that the mentioned issues have a potential to entirely derail the trajectory and cause an authoritarian reversal. I believe that these lessons could be very valuable in order to better understand the chances for the success of democratization processes of many countries within the post-communist context. Hence, the additional focus of the book is on Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, and Moldova.