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Yugoslavia in the 1980s
Yugoslavia in the 1980s
Edited by Pedro Ramet
Westview Press, 1985, 354 pp
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Yugoslavia since Tito's death is going through a period of great uncertainty, even crisis, both in its economy and in its political system, to which old formulas of one-party guidance, federalism, market socialism and socialistic self-management do not provide answers. The contributors to this book describe the problems and dilemmas with professional skill and objectivity, and not without sympathy. The individual conclusions add up to a bleak present and a very dubious future for the country, with a system that is in disarray or decay and perhaps incapable of reform. This is not a book for the ages, but it is the best one available for understanding the complexities of the Yugoslav situation as it unfolds.