Dr. Aleksandra Mirović Janković



Institute for Political Studies


Teaching Assistant

Academy for Diplomacy and Security in Belgrade



Faculty of Political Sciences, Belgrade University

PhD candidate


Faculty of Political Sciences, Belgrade University



Faculty of Political Sciences, Belgrade University



Aleksandra Mirović Janković is a Research Associate of the Institute for Political Studies, member of the editorial board of the journal: Politička revija (Political Review). Her research work focuses on civil society, globalisation and identity and she published a number of papers on these topics in journals and proceedings from national and international scientific conferences in Serbia and in the Russian Federation (Череповецкий государственный университет; АНС “СибАК“, Новосибирск). Author of the books: “Izazovi i paradoksi globalizacije” (Challenges and Paradoxes of Globalisation) (co-authored by Petar Matić, Institute for Political Studies, 2007) and “Ogled o građanskoj neposlušnosti” (Essay on Civil Disobedience) (Službeni glasnik, Institute for Political Studies, 2011).


Regional Separatisms and Independence Referendums in Europe

This paper explores the issue of regional separatisms and referendums on self-determination in Europe. These disintegration processes run counter to the ongoing universal trends of globalisation and global market creation. Although international legal documents define the self-determination as a right vested only in sovereign nations,  aspirations of this kind are in practice increasingly exhibited by minority groups and nations. Furthermore, in some situations we are witnesses of double standards on self-determination, particularly remarkable in the case of Kosovo and Metohija. However, these disintegration processes are not confined to the states of the former Eastern Block, but are also present in the well-established and developed democracies boasting a broad spectrum of minority protection rights. These trends are particularly present in southern member-states of the EU, eroding its very foundations built on the idea of a united Europe as a multiethnic, multilingual and multicultural creation.


Institutional Design of Local Self-Government in the Function of Strengthening the Political Subjectivity of Citizens

Book review: Petar Matić, Redesigning local self-government: Theoretical and comparative framework for modernisation of the local self-government in Serbia (Redizajniranje lokalne samouprave: Teorijski i uporedni okvir za modernizaciju lokalne samouprave u Srbiji), Institute for Political Studies, Belgrade, 2012, 168 p.


Moving Conceptual Limits of Civil Disobedience: The Case of Serbia

Based on comparative analysis of dominant contemporary conceptions of civil disobedience, it is concluded that all of them, to a lesser or greater extent, stay within the Rawlsian theoretical matrix, with a quite rigid schematics of conditions requisite for implementation and justification of this type of political practice. It is about a mainly system- related approach, in which a strictly determined institutional framework, represented in a developed and already consolidated democracy, is presented as a limiting and only possible contextual framework for the use of civil disobedience. The author emphasizes that the institutional framework is certainly a desirable, although not a necessary condition. For experience shows that this type of practice is possible not only in the circumstances of a developed and stable system of democratic institutions, but also in those of the minimal, electoral democracy, and under quasi-democratic conditions, the best example for which is the case of Serbia, that is analysed here. In addition, there are also cases of contemporary protest movements that carry out their actions of nonviolent resistance under conditions of a developed democracy, but direct them against its existing liberal form and/or do not base them on the Rawlsian justice principle, thus surpassing the dominant conceptual framework. The author, in fact, wants to indicate that this concept forms a theoretical model too abstract, exclusive and narrow that, as an expression of a purely scholastic standpoint, does not correspond either to historical or contemporary empirical practice, and as such even makes the very notion of civil disobedience completely senseless. As a result, the significance of different interpretation of the context necessary for this type of civil action is underlined, the one where accent would not be only on the required institutional, but also certain political culture framework, too. It suggests a correction of the systemic-institutional approach, first and foremost in the sense of lowering its too high demands, and then its supplementation with a complementary normative approach that would emphasize the importance of participatory political culture with a system of liberal-democratic values and advanced civic virtues (so-called civic culture approach). By that a necessarry flexibility of the concept of civil disobedience would be achieved, one that would approximate it more to the social and political reality, but also enable its far larger theoretical-analytical and practical-political applicability.