Political cleavages in Serbia: Changes and continuities in structuring left-right orientations

Willy Jou*

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This study examines the structuring of political attitudes in Serbia through the framework of the left-right schema. Using data from public opinion surveys taken during the 1990s and early 2000s, the impact of socio-demographic variables, economic interests, democratic support, social values, and nationalistic sentiments on respondents' left-right orientations is analysed, as well as the relationship between left-right placements and support for individual political parties. Results show that in addition to age and religiosity, evaluation of communist rule and satisfaction with the state of democratic development form the main axis of contestation, while there is little evidence for economic, authoritarian-libertarian, or nationalist cleavages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-206
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Southeast European and Black Sea
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jun 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Left-right schema
  • Political cleavage
  • Regime divide
  • Serbia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations


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