After two successive paradigms, state-forming and Euro-Atlanticism, Croatia is facing a new challenge: the opening of political and economic institutions as well as social development. With social integration and planned democratization of institutions of the Croatian state, one would testify to resistance against determinism and pervasive apathy that dominate our public space. It is precisely the definition of this new development paradigm that Davor Ivo Stier, an ex-member of the European Parliament, considers in his book A New Croatian Paradigm as a prerequisite for significant economic growth and overall development of Croatian society and of the Croatian state.
"As a 'constellation of beliefs, values, (...) shared by members of a particular community', the new paradigm requires not only the democratization of the way the political parties function, but also doctrinal molding in accordance with the strategic objectives of opening the institutions and integration of excluded or marginalized Croatian citizens. This orientation towards the new paradigm will not be unambiguous, each party will access the developmental frame from its point of view, but it will also share with other relevant parties a strategic orientation towards social integration as a basis for development.
With democratization of the parties the power of party president and the leadership will be limited, the internal and external control will increase, greater transparency in the decision-making process will be enabled and finally the public confidence in political institutions will be renewed and greater civic participation will be encouraged. Such democratization of political parties also essentialy narrows the space for corruption generated by the interaction of closed political and economic institutions."
Davor Ivo Stier
- ISBN: 978-953-8075-54-4
- Dimensions: 128x220 mm
- Number of pages: 152
- Cover: paperback
- Year of the edition: 2019
Davor Stier has caused a stir in the political circles with the release of his political essay A New Croatian Paradigm. It was speculated that it would be some sort of new party program, an alternative to the HDZ official program. Stier denies it.
HDZ, according to Stier, must be the European Democratic Party of the Right Center on the fields of the social teaching of the Church, but also at the reaches of the European democratic Christian tradition. It must be the "right leg" of society, but it must also destance itself of relativization the crimes of the Ustasha regime.
Zdravko Milinović, Večernji list
It is an essay in which Stier presents his vision of the future development of Croatia. He states that the first decade of independent Croatia was mark with state-building paradigm, later replaced by the Euro-Atlantic paradigm. After exhausting these two paradigms Croatia has failed to find a new one, which, according to Stier, marked a dangerous process of disintegration.
Stier, among other things, suggests that all party officials, and not just the leaders of the party, shauld be elected on the principle of "one man, one vote". He also suggests that all party members should elect party candidates for parliamentary elections.
Zdenko Duka and Zlatko Crnčec, Novi list
Stier writes fluently, clearly, concisely, using numerous references to the mainstream thinkers of the West - Max Weber, Carl Schmidt, Francis Fukuyama, Vilfredo Pareto, Tocqueville, Robert Michels, Acemoğlu and Robinson. His thoughts are original, and some of them could - if adopted - really improve our recovery prospects.
Boris Rašeta, 24sata Express
At this point, Stier considers, Croatia does not have a proper developmental paradigm that would help society to further evolve. In that vacuum there is a division best depicted by the phrase "us or them". Today, Croatia is not only divided but confronted. Political actors are not just rivals but enemies.
Rozita Vuković, Jutarnji list
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