Ljubiša Despotović is the Principal Research Fellow of the Institute for Political Studies, member of the editorial board of the journal Srpska politička misao, as well as the journal Politika nacionalne bezbednosti (National Security Policy) and Serbian Political Thought. Published numerous academic papers, studies and books, notably: “Srpska geopolitička paradigma” (Serbia Geopolitical Paradigm) (Kairos, 2012), “Konstrukcija i dekonstrukcija identiteta” (Construction and Deconstruction of Identity) (Faculty for legal and political studies, 2014) and “Geopolitika destrukcije” (Geopolitics of Destruction) (Kairos, 2015). Full professor at the Faculty of European Legal and Political Studies in Novi Sad. Editor-in-Chief of the journal Kultura polisa. Member of the Serbian Political Science Association, Serbian Sociology Society and Matica Srpska.
Is Nation State Still Possible? – Dissolution of State-Centric Order of Modernity –
In this paper we will attempt to show how modern nation-state model is jeopardized by current globalization trends to the extent that its institutions are being dissolved and fundamental functional framework is at risk. The dissipation of the state-centric order of Modernity has been advancing at an acute pace over the last few decades in the context of complex measures undertaken by neoliberal politics. The consequences of these processes are: challenged state sovereignty, institutional dissipation, destroyed economy base, threatened basic security, trend of identity re-coding, reduced spending on social welfare and the overall large-scale pauperization of citizens.
Negative Aspects of Social Capital (Non-Social Capital) as Factors of a Slow Development of Institutional Capacities in Serbia
This paper attempts to examine mutual relations between pre-modern and modern forms of social capital, as well as their impact on the overall social capacities of a society in transition, as Serbian society is today. It also examines the relationship and the correlation between the so-called democratic values and civil society and the total flow of democratization of the modern political order emerging in Serbia. The ways a semi-peripheral and pseudo-modern society can, based on some pre-modern forms of social capital, build a community that should become modern and prosperous according to its projected capacities. And whether it is possible to build and adopt the values that raise the capacity of the democratic political system and the general level of political culture in Serbia through political socialization and interiorisation.
Political Myths of Liberalism: Freedom, Power and Inequality
Power and inequality have been established as dominant postulates of liberal political and economic constitution, as the highest values around which its political-economic essence is being constituted. Nevertheless, there are numerous myths which surround this hidden core of liberal political practice. This essay will provide an analysis of various liberal myths: from liberal state, through the connection between liberalism and democracy, to globalization. In the second part of this essay, the focus will be on Serbia and its modern history regarding “implementation” of liberal ideology and its practices.