The Impact of Economic Globalisation on the Rise of Nationalism

The Case of Western Balkan Countries


  • Fiammetta Colombo University of Pisa



comparative method, economic crisis, economic globalisation, nationalism, Western Balkans


The Western Balkans went through a transition process when globalisation was at its maximum strength and expansion. This paper examines the Western Balkan economies during said transition period and the impact of the 2008 economic crisis on their social fabric. The aim is to investigate the repercussions of economic globalisation on nationalism. Using a comparative approach, this work firstly analyses the economic transition of Western Balkans, focusing on social consequences of economic globalisation. The results found in this first step are then compared with the electoral results of nationalist parties in the region. Furthermore, their attitude towards globalisation is examined. The findings show that the economic transition had strong consequences on unemployment, poverty, and inequality rates in the region; this fallout had a subsidiary role in the growth of nationalist parties. Finally, with the only exception of the Serbian case, nationalist forces appear to be in favour of globalisation.

Author Biography

Fiammetta Colombo, University of Pisa

Fiammetta Colombo, 25, from Pisa (Italy), is a graduate who received her bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the University of Pisa in 2017. She wrote her bachelor’s thesis on the decolonisation of East Timor and currently studies at the University of Pisa as a master’s degree student. Her interests include Balkan studies, postcolonial studies, and gender studies.




How to Cite

Colombo, Fiammetta. 2018. “The Impact of Economic Globalisation on the Rise of Nationalism: The Case of Western Balkan Countries”. Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science 39 (December). Online:86-10`2.



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