This article investigates the role of women’s organizations and activists in the electoral breakthroughs in Serbia and Croatia in 2000. When, how, and to what effect, it asks, did women organize during transformational moments to promote their goals of political liberalization and gender equality? I argue that political opportunities—shaped by the domestic constellation of forces and international assistance programs—are essential to explaining political success. I identify what I call the insider/inclusionary strategy that characterizes women’s organizing in Croatia and the outsider/oppositional strategy that characterizes women’s organizing in Serbia. These strategies resulted in different immediate outcomes for women’s political equality in the electoral breakthroughs in Croatia and Serbia.
Electoral breakthroughs in Croatia and Serbia: Women’s organizing and international assistance
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Jill A. Irvine; Electoral breakthroughs in Croatia and Serbia: Women’s organizing and international assistance. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1 June 2013; 46 (2): 243–254. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postcomstud.2013.04.001
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