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INFORM researcher presents at a New York convention

2017-05-03 – 2017-05-04

Borjan Gjuzelov, INFORM researcher, presented the initial findings of the study “Political clientelism in the Western Balkans: Perpetuum mobile for re-election?” at the 22nd Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities. The event took place in New York, USA on 4-6 May 2017.

The research presented at the Convention reviews clientelistic practices in the Western Balkan states (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia), emphasizing the gap between the weak implementation of the formal legislation and the informal practices and expectations of the citizens. The research differentiates between electoral ad hoc clientelism based on one-time provision of goods in exchange for electoral support (i.e., vote-buying) and continuous relational clientelism based on long-term loyalty built on various forms of abuse of public goods for party interests (e.g., partisan employment, abuse of public procurement, etc.).

Gjuzelov is currently a PhD candidate in political science at Queen Mary University in London, United Kingdom, and collaborates with the Institute for Democracy Societas Civilis-Skopje as a researcher on the international and interdisciplinary Horizon 2020 project INFORM: Closing the gap between formal and informal institutions in the Balkans. His doctoral work explores the evolution of informal institutions and “telephone justice” in Macedonia in the last three decades of the late Yugoslav socialism and the early transition to the present day EU integration.

Location: New York, USA

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