The eminent scientific journal “Serbian Political Thought”, no.1 / 2019, published an article by prof. Geoeconomic and Faculty of Culture and Media of Megatrend University, Dr. Vladimir Prvulovic, “Serbian Political Science in the Service of Politics 1968-2018”. This was the introductory presentation of the scientific conference “Fifty Years of Political Science in Serbia and the Contemporary Political Science Paradigm”, held late last year.
In the introduction by prof. Prvulovic claims that without critical analysis of current social, political and economic relations in Serbia, there is no significant breakthrough of free political science. It should, with thorough and serious criticality, also be anticipatory in order for the proposals to participate in the elimination of perceived and analyzed weaknesses in the concept of social development or in its realization. In the SFRY, at the time of the establishment of major educational and scientific institutions in the political and social sciences, the greatest achievements of political science were to positively explain the self-governing project of social development, as a positive and higher level of development of socialism with the human character. At that time, Yugoslav political science made a significant contribution internationally in affirming, theoretically conceiving and implementing the concept of active peaceful existence and non-alignment policy, the promotion of human rights and freedoms, especially the rights of national minorities and the establishment and affirmation of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE, today’s OSCE).
With considerable effort, let us try to be optimistic, concludes prof. Prvulović. Serbia, as a modern state, tomorrow’s member of the European Union, needs quality, critical and anticipatory political science. We have enough professional higher education institutions (primarily FPN, Megatrend University, but also other state and private faculties of social sciences) to train our staff. We also have reputable scientific institutes for political, economic and social research. We have lofty state policy goals, whose realization should be constantly and critically monitored and analyzed.