UDC 321.011.5+339.924(061.1EU:497.11)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 62 (2011)
Vol. 62, No 1142, pp. 5-17
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Pregledni članak
Received: 10 Mar 2011
Accepted: 01 Jan 1970

CIVIL SOCIETY, SOCIAL CAPITAL AND THE EUROPEANIZATION OF SERBIA

Paunović Žarko (Istraživač saradnik na Univerzitetu u Beogradu – Fakultetu političkih nauka), zarko.paunovic@fpn.bg.ac.rs

The paper shows that for a successful achievement of the project of European integration of Serbia another important aspect of this process is very significant and that is Europeanization of Serbia. Thus, in fact, we make distinction between European integration (the neo-institutional approach) and Europeanization as a deeper social and political integration of the society (the normative approach). In this narrower interpretation of the Europeanization process, which implies the acceptance of “European political values“ and deliberative democracy we see the important role of the civil society. There is no integrated political community (based on civil trust, civil virtues and values) without its active role. A weak civil society and a low level of social capital (trust, associations and organizations) are a significant obstacle to faster Europeanization of Serbia.

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