Robin E. Smith
- Doctoral Student
- University of Oxford
Indiana University, Bloomington
The Balkan Transformation: Vintner Associations and Democratic Governance in Croatia
This project analyzes the interaction between Croatian vintner associations and local governance institutions. Here, the Europeanization debate is turned on its head, asking: to what extent and with what effect has industry initiated and influenced democratic reforms? By framing this within an analysis of the constraints levied on the transformation of vintner groups and tracing the history of vintner-state relations, we link the region to larger European processes. This project focuses on the cultivation of cultural capital, re-crafting traditional products, and EU-agribusiness relations, referencing industrial organization and transition theories.