The Western Balkans region has been hindered in its development due to a combination of factors, including a lack of democratic principles and increasing competition between Russia and the West. Despite attempts at engagement between the European Union and the Western Balkans dating back to the early 2000s, both the 2008 global economic crisis and the civil war in Syria in 2011 weakened the EU’s focus on the region. At the same time, Russian Federation’s efforts to increase its influence in the region have further encouraged anti-democratic forces and contributed to a rise in Euroscepticism. The populist policies of political leaders seeking to extend their power have further exacerbated the situation, delaying the implementation of EU conditionality principles in the region. While the EU has prioritized stability over democracy to prevent Russian expansion, this stance has been described in academic literature as “stabilocracy”. However, the current research argues that these stabilocratic practices have only further distanced the region from EU standards, thereby deepening illiberal practices and requiring critical examination of their consequences.
|Subjects||Other Fields of Education (Other)|
|Early Pub Date||August 29, 2023|
|Publication Date||August 30, 2023|
|Published in Issue||Year 2023Volume: 29|