Sequestreted or alienated institutions in Serbia

Almost the whole newer history of Serbia is marked by the so-called problem of weak institutions. Over years and decades, this problem has been manifested in different ways – the most extreme, through the tendencies of executive power, after enterance into the pluryparty State since 1990s., to degrade , in a certain way, the legislative power.  Next to the obstruction of legislation, as a second cuase to the weaking of instutions, the public is informed that partycracy, a process sustained by the governing party structures with its own organization and positioning, is the only “powerful alternative” to the classic public institutions. On that hindsgiht, in the last few years, we are bearing witness to a specific mechanism and aspiration of partycism for its perfectioning to the end. As a major factor that contributes in leaving institutions weak is a subjective perception of citizens. The perception that institutions are not functioning in the interest of its citizens is often seen as a planned and systematic way of empowering the positions of those actors who support, in different ways, oligarchy.

Years long of neglect of development of independent institutions today recieves it most insiduos consequence in phenomenon of sequestred institutions reflected in open and almost farcical reversal of the public interest into the private with the goal of substantial dissolution of any form of collective social agency. The culmination of triumph of executive power of legislation, we are seeing members of parlament voting by the bell, ignoring citizen’s initiatives, the insights by experts are not taken into account that leads to unthoughfull public politics aimed at shortsighted gains within the election cycles.

Through the interidisciplinary lenses and dialogue, at this conference, we wish to offer a systematic insight into the phenomena of sequestred institutions as well as to open up thought to the possibility of refounding the citizen’s trust into the institutional modalities of collective agency.

Participants: Adriana Zaharijević, Božidar Filipović, Dalibor Petrović, Dejana Dedović, Dušan Spasojević, Jelena Kleut, Jelisaveta Petrović, Ljubica Slavković, Nikola Mlađenović, Rastislav Dinić, Tara Tepavac, Vladimir Cvetković and Vujo ilić.

Moderators: Srđan Prodanović and Gazela Pudar Draško.

Conference is open to public.