Chapters in edited volumes

Screen Shot 2014-12-06 at 14.14.43Twitter campaigning in the 2011 national election in Slovenia : strategy and application of the Twitter social media outlet in party election campaigns.

Tomaž Deželan, Igor Vobič and Alem Maksuti

The chapter examines the Twitter campaigning of parliamentary political parties and their influential members during the 2011 preterm national election campaign. We examine the rationales behind the adoption and appropriation of Twitter in the Slovenian political arena. Content analysis of 4,610 Tweets and conducted interviews with campaign managers of seven lists of candidates allowed us to revisit three perennial hypotheses about political communication on the web: the copycat, revolution and normalisation hypotheses. While the examined parties’ move into the Twittersphere confirmed the copycat hypothesis, their utilisation of the tool revealed mixed evidence for the revolution vs. normalisation dilemma. Party campaigning did show signs of ‘politics as usual’, with political powerhouses taking the lead on Twitter as well. However, it also demonstrated a substantial degree of genuine direct political interaction between politicians and citizens.

In Bogdan Patrut and Monica Patrut (Eds.), ‘Social media in politics : case studies on the political power of social media’. Cham [etc.]: Springer, cop. 2014. Link.

 

PalgraveThe relevance of higher education in Slovenia for creating virtuous citizens and a working democracy : an underexploited source?

Tomaž Deželan and Alem Maksuti

Higher Education is a steward of socialization, a facilitator of social mobility, and a provocateur eliciting individuals’ and societies’ unrealized potential. Graduates of the Academy will become the next generation of those tasked with building, strengthening and maintaining the institutions and ideals underpinning current and aspiring democratic societies. But as globalization continues to blur individual, institutional and national boundaries, there are calls from and to multiple sectors to articulate productive methods for achieving the ideals of democracy and social cohesion. This text is intended to contemplate the conceptual frameworks and policy imperatives facing post-secondary/tertiary sector educational institutions in preparing citizens for meaningful participation in democracies, whether long-standing, young or emerging. The diverse international contributors discuss perspectives on how post-secondary/tertiary sector institutions are implicated in, but not necessarily leading these efforts.

In Jason A. Laker (Eds.), ‘Citizenship, democracy and higher education in Europe, Canada and the USA’. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 2014. Link.

 

GlI2obalizacija

Tomaž Deželan

Knjižica Osnovni pojmi in dileme državljanske vzgoje predstavlja nekatere izmed osnovnih pojmov s širšega vsebinskega področja državljanske vzgoje. Čeprav je vsak izmed pojmov, ki je predstavljen v knjižici, napisan nepristransko in objektivno, knjižica ne ponuja preprostih odgovorov ali enoznačnih rešitev, temveč skozi analizo osnovnih pojmov in dilem tega vsebinskega področja na novo postavlja nekatera izmed temeljnih vprašanj pri pouku državljanske vzgoje. Kakor potrjujejo številni projekti, strategije in iniciative ter primeri »dobrih« praks, se iskanje enoznačnih odgovorov na posamezne izzive in probleme (kljub povečanemu interesu teoretikov, snovalcev politik in pedagoških delavcev) sooča z vrsto zgrešenih srečanj in zamujenih priložnosti. V izogib retoriki, ki napetosti, izzive in dileme posameznih pojmovanj v veliki meri zaobide, je vsak izmed pojmov predstavljen v vsej svoji kompleksnosti in protislovnosti. Predlagani odgovori na širšem področju državljanske vzgoje postanejo namreč vse prepogosto del problema in ne rešitve.

In Igor Bijuklič and Mitja Sardoč, ‘Osnovni pojmi in dileme državljanske vzgoje’. Zbirka Civitas. Ljubljana: i2. 2014. Link.

 

CitIn the name of the Nation or/and Europe? Determinants of the Slovenian citizenship

Tomaž Deželan

This book is the first comprehensive examination of the citizenship regimes of the new states that emerged out of the break up of Yugoslavia. It covers both the states that emerged out of the initial disintegration across 1991 and 1992 (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Macedonia), as well as those that have been formed recently through subsequent partitions (Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo). While citizenship has often been used as a tool of ethnic engineering to reinforce the position of the titular majority in many states, in other cases citizenship laws and practices have been liberalised as part of a wider political settlement intended to include minority communities more effectively in the political process. Meanwhile, frequent (re)definitions of these increasingly overlapping regimes still provoke conflicts among post-Yugoslav states.

In Jo Shaw and Igor Stiks (Eds.), ‘Citizenship after Yugoslavia’, published by Routledge. Link.

 

drzavljani_i_drzavljanstvoU ime nacije i/ili Evrope? Determinante slovenačkog režima državljanstva. 

Tomaž Deželan

U knjizi Državljani i državljanstvo posle Jugoslavije razmatraju se pravno-politički okviri upravljanja građanima, zakonske i ustavne odredbe koje definišu ko su državljani jedne države i gde su granice njene nadležnosti. Otuda pojam državljanstva i u samom naslovu. Druga ključna reč ovog zbornika je svakako građanstvo – nekada upotrebljena paralelno uz ‘državljanstvo’, da upotpuni značenjski spektar pojma ‘citizenship‘.
Tekstovi u ovom zborniku analiziraju vezu između građanina i države, pravila i procese koji omogućuju sticanje i gubitak državljanstva, pitanja o statusima „spoljnog državljanstva” ili „kvazidržavljanstva“, prava i obaveze koje imaju središnji značaj za ostvarivanje punopravne pripadnosti zajednici i političke sporove oko pitanja „ko pripada“ i „zašto“.

In Jo Shaw and Igor Štiks (Eds.), ‘Državljani i državljanstvo posle Jugoslavije’. Belgrade: Clio. Link.

 

title Citizenship in Slovenia : the regime of a nationalising or a Europeanising state?

Tomaž Deželan

This paper attempts a comprehensive account of the Slovenian citizenship regime which has been only partially mapped by national and regional scholarship. The paper draws on a ‘nationalising state’ approach to demonstrate the nature of membership in a polity that emerged on the ruins of the former Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY). By considering the influence of the old regime on the incipient conception of citizenship and the nation-building process, the paper depicts the core dynamic in the field for the last two decades. With explorations of the initial determination of citizenry, the regulation of minorities, dual citizens and refugees, popular attitudes, the political elite’s attitudes towards non-ethnic Slovenes, and the impact of Europe, the paper provides evidence for the primacy of an ethno-cultural conception of membership, which is constrained by the embeddedness of the Slovenian citizenship regime within international and supranational frameworks.

Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh, School of Law. CITSEE working paper series. 2011. Link.

 

Inclusiveness of suffrage in post-Yugoslav region

Tomaž Deželan and Damjan Lajh

In Pero Maldini and Davorka Vidović (eds.), Transition in Central and Eastern European countries: experiences and future perspectives, p. 157-188.  Zagreb: Political Science Research Centre. 2007. Download full text.

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