Main topic

POLITICAL PROCESSES AND POLITICAL PARTIES

THE CARTEL PARTY MODEL, TENDENCIES OF POLITICAL CARTELIZATION, AND SERBIA IN A COMPARATIVE CONTEXT

Abstract

The article explains the cartel party model and examines newer tendencies of cartelization of politics. The cartel party model stands for collusion between parties and their intertwining with the state. It spurred considerable amount of scholarly literature in recent years. However, the analyses of Serbia’s party politics through the prism of the model has been missing so far. Therefore, the article tackles a problem whether there are elements of cartelization in Serbia’s party politics, by considering the comparative context. Specifically, it examines barriers to entry of new participants into a political market and the absence of great ideological battles. It is concluded that typical characteristics of cartelization are present. The entry into political market for the new parties is exceptionally difficult compared to other multiparty systems. Furthermore, the governing and opposition parties clash over qualities and merits of their leaders, but exhibit similar thinking about policies. The article suggests new avenues of research of the cartel party model.

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