A Crisis of Political Solidarity in the European Union and the Western Balkans

Reactive vs. Institutional Solidarity

In: Southeastern Europe
Jelena VasiljevićInstitute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia

Search for other papers by Jelena Vasiljević in
Current site
Google Scholar
View More View Less
Download Citation Get Permissions

Access options

Get access to the full article by using one of the access options below.

Institutional Login

Log in with Open Athens, Shibboleth, or your institutional credentials

Login via Institution


Buy instant access (PDF download and unlimited online access):



While the narratives of democratization and Europeanization had significant mobilizing potential in the Western Balkans during the 1990s and early 2000s, their relevance has been largely undermined by recent political developments in the region and growing crises of solidarity within the EU. This article offers a novel perspective for understanding the prospects of an EU future for the Western Balkans, through a discussion of the ideas and practices of political solidarity. It introduces the need to differentiate between reactive and institutional solidarity, and argues that institutional solidarity has a unique potential to mobilize the attention and commitment of citizens by offering a projection of a durable and sustainable political community organized around the principles of social justice and equality. Operationalizing this has become a necessary precondition not only for the “European future” of the Western Balkans but also for the future of the European project itself.

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 129 129 7
Full Text Views 18 18 8
PDF Views & Downloads 39 39 11