The Road to Collapse

The Demise of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia

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The League of Communists of Yugoslavia (LCY) was the dominant political force in socialist Yugoslavia. It collapsed after its 14th extraordinary congress, which took place in Belgrade from 20 to 22 January 1990. Its local branches, organized on the level of the federal republics, were soon renamed into social democratic, socialist or refoundation parties and adopted new programs. Yet, despite its relevance as the moment of formal dissolution of the LCY, the 14th Extraordinary Congress of the LCY was in fact only a spectacle in which earlier developments were merely confirmed and brought to conclusion.

Lev Centrih (1979), PhD, is a historian and sociologist from Ljubljana. He is a researcher at the Institute for Labour Studies in Ljubljana and a member of the editorial boards of the Sophia publishing house and the journal Borec, both based in Ljubljana.