Yugoslavia: the non-Leninist succession

by A. Ross Johnson


Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback10 pages $20.00 $16.00 20% Web Discount

Discussion concerning changes in the Yugoslav political system since 1948, and an analysis of the conditions of the post-Tito succession. States the general misunderstanding of the Western attitude toward Yugoslavia, called the "Soviet paradigm" implying a Leninist succession. Beginning in the late 1960s, Tito oversaw the construction of new, less personalized mechanisms intended to provide Yugoslavia with leadership. Through reorganization, decentralization of power, and restructuring the political system, a multinational, representational, and collegial character began to evolve. This paper highlights the process of a new approach to the succession issue. It traces the devolution of political power that has involved the republicanization of the Yugoslav political system. It concludes that a collective leadership is the only viable "successor" to Tito.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Paper series. The paper was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

Our mission to help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis is enabled through our core values of quality and objectivity and our unwavering commitment to the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior. To help ensure our research and analysis are rigorous, objective, and nonpartisan, we subject our research publications to a robust and exacting quality-assurance process; avoid both the appearance and reality of financial and other conflicts of interest through staff training, project screening, and a policy of mandatory disclosure; and pursue transparency in our research engagements through our commitment to the open publication of our research findings and recommendations, disclosure of the source of funding of published research, and policies to ensure intellectual independence. For more information, visit www.rand.org/about/research-integrity.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.