Wine mafia and the thieving state: tension and power at the crossroads of neoliberalism and authoritarianism in 21st century Macedonia

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Justin Otten


Abstract: In addressing notions of opposition, disruption, and inside privatization, this paper calls upon fieldwork research conducted in the transitioning countryside of the Republic of Macedonia. Through an investigation of the country’s large Tikveš wine region, the paper concurs with the systematization of authoritarian rule put forth by Borneman (2011) and Linz (2000), yet illuminates it using ethnographic vignettes which help explain the particularities of the post-socialist transition from state to privately owned wineries there, and the casualties that have come along with it.   Keywords: privatization, neoliberalism, post-socialist transition, wine, Macedonia  

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