Since the 2010s, bottom-up anti-corruption mobilizations have broken out in different coun-tries of south-eastern Europe. Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2014 and Macedonia in 2015 and 2016 were amongst the states in democratic and economic transition in which thousands of people took to the streets to express their discontent against a ruling class blamed for corruption. Although triggered by dif-ferent events, these mobilizations present a number of similarities. Building on qualitative interviews and ethnographic observation of interactions on social media platforms, this article investigates the discursive strategies that movement organizers used to frame their claims and the protestors’ identity in both coun-tries. The article explores the ways in which protest leaders in the two countries appropriated the topic of corruption “from below” to delegitimize the ruling class using similar motivational, identity and diagnostic frames, notwithstanding the protests being spurred by diverse events. Furthermore, it elucidates the simi-larities and differences among the prognostic frames, that is, the proposed solutions to the problem of political corruption.

Rising against the “thieves” : Anti-corruption campaigns in the Western Balkans

Milan, Chiara
2017-01-01

Abstract

Since the 2010s, bottom-up anti-corruption mobilizations have broken out in different coun-tries of south-eastern Europe. Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2014 and Macedonia in 2015 and 2016 were amongst the states in democratic and economic transition in which thousands of people took to the streets to express their discontent against a ruling class blamed for corruption. Although triggered by dif-ferent events, these mobilizations present a number of similarities. Building on qualitative interviews and ethnographic observation of interactions on social media platforms, this article investigates the discursive strategies that movement organizers used to frame their claims and the protestors’ identity in both coun-tries. The article explores the ways in which protest leaders in the two countries appropriated the topic of corruption “from below” to delegitimize the ruling class using similar motivational, identity and diagnostic frames, notwithstanding the protests being spurred by diverse events. Furthermore, it elucidates the simi-larities and differences among the prognostic frames, that is, the proposed solutions to the problem of political corruption.
Settore SPS/11 - Sociologia dei Fenomeni Politici
FP7
29052
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