The last two years in Croatian politics can be seen as an important turning point. The most recent two parliamentary election cycles (2015-2016), as well as the presidential race held a year earlier, were both more interesting and more unpredictable than the previous elections. The objective of this article is to analyse and identify their distinguishing features as well as their significance and implications for the further functioning of the Croatian political scene. Owing to the fact that in both electoral cycles an important voice in the shape of the ruling coalition went to the party that came third in the election and, also surprisingly, this was both a newly established formation and to a great extent with an anti-establishment appeal, particular attention is focused on the appearance on the party scene of new political groupings. The article attempts to place them within the framework of the existing new party typologies and point to the main reasons for their electoral success, as well as evaluating their chances for survival on the party scene.
Paradoxes in being ‘at ease’ with diversity in a Copenhagen district
case for examining encounters through the lens of conviviality in the article. The park was started in 2009 on one of the decrepit privately owned construction sites in Nordvest, previously a car mechanic’s workshop. According to informants’ accounts, residents gathered one weekend and cleared the area of trash. In the following months, the group laid out turf, planted bulbs, built benches, designated an area for walking dogs, set up barbecues and constructed a fireplace and a wooden hut. The park was demolished by the landowner in 2010 and then rebuilt following an
The old lady cradles her bleeding finger and staggers, feinting almost falling, as Gary from number one sprints back to his garden to pick up a deckchair for her. Her dog, a tiny Yorkshire Terrier, is quivering in another neighbour’s arms, snapping at well-wishers who are trying to inspect the skin for any bite-marks. “Has it attacked before?” the old lady quavers, pointing limply to the Jack Russell held by a piece of string in a little boy’s sweaty hand. “It’s your dog, she’s bitten this lady” says Gary as I join the scene, “Your son brought the dog out, but it got loose somehow and went for this little dog. This lady put her hand down to pick her dog up, and she’s been bitten.” Fearful, the little boy walks away. The old lady is now slumped in the deckchair. Nobody speaks for a while. But then there is talk of tetanus shots and hospitals. “My husband has just had a stroke, you know? This won’t help” the old woman says, “I don’t know why but dogs always go for my little Misty.” I don’t apologise though I try to show kindness. After the lady has drunk a cup of tea, used someone’s mobile phone to call the doctor and obtained a lift home we all return to what we were doing. As we turn to leave the scene, one of the neighbours comments that “it’s such a shame because she is clearly a dog-lover” which puzzles me. Gary takes his deckchair home.1
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minor influence of the inhabitants, or changed after public protests
Example no. 12, the Kazurka hill is a case where different approaches are mixed together. In this location we can observe spaces developed by informal bottom-up creation (bike track, informal houses for homeless people) combined with elements such as the open-air gym or playground for dogs designed in a top down way (from the participatory budget) with further elements designed without any consultation with the users. Some years ago, the municipality began to design the development of this area in
their surroundings and of the air they breathe ( Andráško 2013 ; see also Szymańska, Lewandowska & Rogatka 2015 ). We only start to register most of the non-human components in our lives when something goes wrong with them – when the elevator does not work, when the water does not flow from the tap, when we quarrel with our neighbour because of her dogs’ barking or its excrement left on the sidewalk. Another example is the issue of the everyday struggle to find a free parking place within the grounds of HEs, which is a pressing problem (see Zborowski, Dej & Gorczyca
Shamai Shmuel, Shemali Ali, Gorbatkin Dennis, Chativ Nadim, Elachmad Halil and Ilatov Zinaida
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