Vojvodina's autonomy

Jim Monaghan: "why has the autonomy of the Voidinia ( formerly autonomous province in the North of Serbia) been removed."

decentralization of economic decisionmaking to republic level (and Kosovo & Vojvodina were republics in all but name only after 1974) prevented enterprises from expanding markets beyond their own region and substantial autonomy precluded developing cross-boundary economic relations... Yugoslavia's unique federal (actually more like confederal) structure stymied exchange of goods and services...

by the mid-1980s, 'liberal' recentralizers were dominant among Serbian policymakers, 'liberal' decentralizers among Vojvodinan...

1989 repeal of Kosovo & Vojvodina autonomy was part of attempt to restore central political power...

now if I understand myself, some thought that decentralization didn't work out so well for Yugoslavia and they proposed strengthening federal gov't would help matters...Vojvodina (which has majority Serb population) gov't opposed proposal to repeal autonomy which gave it de facto veto power in Serbian Republic parliament...Serb majority in assembly saw repeal as means to achieve parity with other republics that had no problems with autonomous provinces...Vojvodina delegation to federal assembly proposed alternative - create autonomous provinces in other republics (four in Croatia alone)...in other words, further decentralization...

btw: Yugoslavian federal assembly approved constitutional amendment in 1988 enabling Serbia to regain control of its provinces...economic and politics changes associated with total of 39 amendments would likely have served as basis for new constitution in 1990s...of course, the first 'open' elections in Croatia saw the election of the Democratic Union with its nationalist/separatist platform...threat of secession and federal collapse intensified...

Michael Hoover