Based on a combination of my dissertation research and frequent media commentaries and policy analyses on the current state of politics in the former Yugoslavia, Hunger and Fury is an attempt to fill a yawning gap in the literature on the contemporary Western Balkans. Namely, what is the role of civil society in the region's democratization beyond (and against) two decades of international-led, top-down efforts to that end in an era of resurgent local and global authoritarianism?
As a work of academic scholarship, the book aims to contribute to debates about the role protest movements in post-conflict societies. As a work of popular and accessible analysis, it aims to conceptualize the Balkans as a place of vibrant social activism and struggle and not merely as a stage for geopolitical brinkmanship or, worse still, a hinterland of "ancient ethnic hatreds."
In short, it is a text useful to students of the region, of the broader phenomenon of post-authoritarian and post-conflict democratization, and all those professionally or personally curious about emerging politics in southeastern Europe.
Hunger and Fury: The Crisis of Democracy in the Balkans will be available from Hurst Publishers in November 2017.