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Javnost - The Public, Vol. 23 - 2016, No. 3

Historical Institutionalist Approach in Comparative Media Systems Research: The Case of Post-Yugoslavia

, pages: 255-272

This article aims to demonstrate the usefulness of the historical institutionalist approach for the comparative study of media systems in post-socialist European democracies. The article explores institutional circumstances influencing the development of media systems in Southeastern Europe during three distinct historical periods following formative critical junctures; namely, the nineteenth-century modernisation period, the post-World War II socialist period and the period of post-1989 democratic transformation. In this pilot study a set of institutional dimensions is operationalised with aggregate data and comparatively tested in a cluster analysis of six successor states of socialist Yugoslavia. Two clusters are shown with similar historical conditions—Slovenia and Croatia group into one cluster, while Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia group in the other.

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