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Democracy Struggles: NGOs and the Politics of Aid in Serbia

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Democracy Struggles

NGOs and the Politics of Aid in Serbia

Theodora Vetta

240 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-099-7 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (December 2018)

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“Vetta’s book offers a refreshing and much-needed class-informed analysis of the NGO world in Serbia…The book provides essential class-informed analysis for anyone interested in the working of aid industry in the context of post-socialist transformations.” • ANUAC

“This book offers a rich, informative and critical analysis on a topic that has so far not received much attention. It opens up a number of new research avenues on the topic of aid, democratization, neoliberalism and recent political developments in the context of Serbia.” • Eurasian Geography and Economics


Tracing the boom of local NGOs since the 1990s in the context of the global political economy of aid, current trends of neoliberal state restructuring, and shifting post-Cold War hegemonies, this book explores the “associational revolution” in post-socialist, post-conflict Serbia. Looking into the country’s “transition” through a global and relational analytical prism, the ethnography unpacks the various forms of dispossession and inequality entailed in the democracy-promotion project.

Theodora Vetta is European Research Council researcher at the University of Barcelona, and a member of PrecAnthro Union and FOCAAL’s editorial collective. She was formerly a Marie-Curie Fellow at CEU-Budapest and a Swedish-Institute fellow at Lund University. Her recent publications include “Moral Economy: Rethinking a Radical Concept” (Anthropological Theory, 2016) and "The Habits of the Heart: Grassroots 'Revitalization' and State Transformations in Serbia" in Cultures of Doing Good (University of Alabama Press, 2017).

Subject: Anthropology (General) Development Studies Political and Economic Anthropology
Area: Central/Eastern Europe