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Dr Milenko Petrovic

Milenko Petrovic


Senior Lecturer Above the Bar
Undergraduate Coordinator




Logie, Level 4, Romm 411

Contact Details

Phone: +64 3 364 2987 ext 4910
Fax: +64 3 364 2634

Postal address

National Centre for Research on Europe
Logie, Level 4
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand


After growing up in the former Yugoslavia and beginning his academic career in his native city of Belgrade, Dr Petrovic has studied and researched as a visiting PhD student, postdoctoral fellow and/or visiting scholar at several Western European and US academic institutions, most notably the University of Kiel and University of Notre Dame. He has been lecturing and researching at the NCRE since 2001. He currently lectures on 20th century Eastern European history and politics, Europe's economic development and EU Enlargement issues beyond 2004. He has published widely on the comparative political economy and on development problems in the former Yugoslavia and Eastern Europe. In recent years he has been focusing his research interests on transitional problems in South-Eastern Europe as well as the prospects for further EU Enlargement to the East.



Research Interests

  • Historical, economic and political aspects of the communist legacy in Eastern Europe
  • Political and economic transition in Eastern Europe
  • EU Enlargement to the East
  • Comparative Political Economy and Development

Selected Recent Publications (2007-)

Books/edited volumes

Petrovic, Milenko (2013), The Democratic Transition of Post-Communist   Europe - In the Shadow of communist differences and an uneven EUropeanisationHoundmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Petrovic, Milenko and John Leslie (Guest editors, 2010), Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1,Special issue:  Twenty Years of Overcoming ‘East’ and ‘West’, Hawthorn: Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia. 

Journal articles

Petrovic, M. (2011), Defining the Limits of EU Eastern Enlargement: Fatigue, values or 'absorption capacity'”Revija za Evropsko pravo (Review of European Law) XIII (2-3), 77-97.

Petrovic, M. (2010), Defining the European Union’s Eastern border, NZ International Review, Vol. XXXV, No. 3, 19-23.

Petrovic, M. (2009), “(What about) the Further Enlargement of the EU? In between European Enlargement Fatigue and Balkan Instability Challenges’, Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2, 39-58.

Petrovic, M. (2008), “The role of geography and history in determining the slower progress of post-communist transition in the Balkans”, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Vol. XXXIII, No.2, 123-145. 

Petrovic, M. (2008), “EU Enlargement: the Balkan question”, NZ International Review, Vol. XXXIII, No. 3, (May/June, 2008), 19-22.

Conference papers

Petrovic, M. (2012), “A United or Partly United EUrope? Will the Western Balkans and Turkey Ever Join?” Fifth Oceanic Conference on International Studies (OCIS), University of Sydney, Sydney, 18-20 July 2012.  

Petrovic, M. (2010), “Investigating the Limits of EU Eastern Enlargement: politics, geography or ‘absorption capacity’?”, ECPR Fifth Pan-European Conference on EU Politics, Porto, 24-26 June 2010.

Petrovic, M. (2009), Is EU eastern enlargement completed. What about a united Europe ‘from the Atlantic to the Urals’”, International Conference Europe Twenty Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Overcoming “East and West”, NCRE and Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, 3-4 November 2009.

Petrovic, M. (2008), “The Causes of Limited Success and Mutual Differences in Post-Communist Transition among the Countries of South-Eastern Europe”, International Conference Challenges of Economic Sciences in the 21st Century, IES, Belgrade, 4-5 December, 2008.

Petrovic, M. (2008), “The Eastern Orthodox Church and Post-Communist Reform” (Full conference paper), Australian and New Zealand Slavists’ Association (ANZSA) Biannual conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 3-4 July, 2008.

Petrovic, M. (2007), “EU enlargement and the Western Balkans: how soon can they join?”The New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference: “60 years of New Zealand Independence”, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington 30-31 August, 2007.

Petrović, M. (2007), “The Past, but Which One? - Investigating the Historical Causes of the Slow Progress in Post-Communist Transition in the Balkans”, 8th Australasian Association of Communist and Post-Communist Studies (AACPCS) Conference, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 29-30 January, 2007.

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