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ABOUT US

Demostat was founded in 2016 as an NGO Research-Publishing Center and media-sociology portal by journalist and researcher Milomir Mandic and journalist and sociologist Zoran Panovic.

In a short time, Demostat became one of the most cited media in Serbia and the Region. Media and institutions broadcasted our exclusive news and analyses from the EU, Great Britain, the USA, and the rest of the world.

Demostat is recognized by the wider professional public and the public opinion of Serbia and the Region as a leader in the fight against disinformation.

The basis of our editorial policy is professionalism, the free and democratic society of Serbia in the European Union.

Demostat has a reputation as a relevant pollster who has proven this through the reliability of his research and forecasts. Behind that reputation stands the research team of Demostat led by Mr. Srecko Mihailovic - a pioneer of public opinion research in Serbia, who, for decades of work, has gained the reputation of one of the most influential sociologists here.

Demostat's team, composed of experts from media, sociology, economics, political science, law, psychology, and anthropology, conceives its research as multidisciplinary.

One of the peculiarities of Demostat is that it also conducts in-depth surveys of public opinion that reveal the actual state of society, that is, the causes that determine that state.

Demostat provides a diagnosis of the state of society and recommendations for reforming that state.

Dealing with political phenomena, Demostat devoted special attention to the research and analysis of the result of Serbian multipartyism, which in 2020 has completed three decades since its renewal.

Research helps us to make the picture of the reality we want to know more about become closer, more precise, more familiar, and more articulate... Some researchers are more successful in this work; others are less successful. We strive to be successful in our position. Of course, we do not claim that every new knowledge that research brings will make things more visible; sometimes, the investigation will only complicate things and show us that things are more complex than we thought. But such knowledge also has strategic importance for making important decisions. Research sometimes indicates that we are more or less different from our image of ourselves. The study was purposeful and valuable if we learned something from such findings.

OUR TEAM

Srecko Mihailovic - Chief researcher
Srecko Mihailovic - Chief researcher

He was born on April 4, 1944, in the village of Granice near Mladenovac, where he still produces wine and brandy. Graduated in sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade in 1970 and master's degree at the University of Zagreb in 1988.

He got a job at the Youth Work Action in 1969, then worked at the Socialist Youth Association. He founded and was the head of the Research and Publishing Centre. Since 1981, he has worked at the Centre for Political Research and Public Opinion at the Institute of Social Sciences in Belgrade and retired in 2009.

He was engaged in research on voluntary youth work, the social and political involvement of youth, sociology of sports audiences. Now he is involved in research on civil society, trade unions, political parties, and electoral behavior. He independently carried out numerous studies and also performed the duties of the head of the research team (for example, "Youth of Yugoslavia at the end of the eighties,” 1989, "The first multi-party elections in Serbia in 1990", "Legitimacy of the system and the value profile of the citizens of Yugoslavia,” 1996 and 1997; a series of research on civil society and non-governmental organizations for the needs of CeSID, Prokoncept, Argument...; a series of eight examinations related to the 2000 elections within the Center for the Study of Alternatives; a series of research on corruption 2000-2002; series research on elections in CeSID 2001-2008);

He was a member of the editorial offices of the magazines "Vidici,” "Gledišta,” and Sociologija.”

He is an activist in civil society organizations. He was the initiator and organizer of the NGO "Association for the Advancement of Empirical Research" (in the nineties) and the Social Democratic Club (the previous decade), and now he is the head of the Center for the Development of Trade Unionism.

Books, monographs, and co-authored books:

  • Three decades of youth work actions, Mladost, Belgrade 1976;
  • Basic findings of empirical research on youth in 1976-1981. RK SSO of Serbia, Belgrade, 1982;
  • Youth work actions - the youth of our country, Poslovna politika - Mladost, Belgrade, 1983, Ljubljana, 1985;
  • Public forums in Belgrade, MCOSK Belgrade, Belgrade, 1984;
  • Youth work actions. Results of sociological research. IIC SSO of Serbia, Belgrade, 1985.
  • Belgrade citizens on sports and the Olympics, SOFK Belgrade and CPJM-IDN, Belgrade, 1986;
  • Unemployed youth of Belgrade, CIR SSO Belgrade, Belgrade, 1987;
  • Youth and unemployment. Social consequences of unemployment, CPJM IDN, Belgrade, 1988;
  • Elective use of media, IDN and Institute for Criminological and Sociological Research, Belgrade, 1994
  • Union in changes, changes in unions, UGS Nezavisnost, Belgrade, 2004.
  • Older workers, some at work and some with no job and no pension. Democratic Center, 2011.

Edited the proceedings:

  • Youth 86. Poll of public opinion, IIC SSO of Serbia, Belgrade, 1986;
  • Children of the crisis, CPJM-IDN, Belgrade, 1990;
  • From election rituals to free elections, IDN, Belgrade, 1991.
  • Five years of transition in Serbia, I. Belgrade: Social Democratic Club and FES, 2005;
  • Five years of transition in Serbia, II. Belgrade: Social Democratic Club and FES, 2006;
  • Parliamentary elections of 2007. Circumstances and results. Belgrade: Official Gazette and CeSID, 2007.
  • Around the election. 16. Presidential elections in the Republic of Serbia, 20.1. and 3.2.2008. years. Belgrade: Cesid: 2008.
  • Around the election. 17. Parliamentary elections in the Republic of Serbia, 11.5.2008. years. Belgrade: Cesid. 2008;
  • The state of social dialogue in Serbia. Belgrade: Swiss Labor Assistance, 2010.
  • How the citizens of Serbia see the transition. Belgrade: FES and others. in 2010
  • Scope of the Transition from Socialism to Capitalism, Belgrade: FES and others, 2011.

Selection of texts in magazines and anthologies:

  • "Youth work drives" in the collection The Youth of Yugoslavia, Mladost, Belgrade, 1973;
  • "Functions of youth social organizations,” in Mlada generacija danas, Mladost, Belgrade, 1992;
  • "L activisme social de la jeunesse”, Questions actuelles du socialisme , 7-8/1985;
  • "Attitude of youth towards politics,” in Position, consciousness, and behavior of the young generation of the South, CIDID-IDIS, Bgd-Zagreb, 1986;
  • "Public opinion survey ahead of the first multi-party elections in Serbia,” Sociološki Pregled, 1 4/1990;
  • "Abstention in the first multi-party elections in Serbia,” Gledišta, 3-4/1991;
  • "Citizen dissatisfaction and social protest,” Sociological Review, 1 4/1992;
  • "Immediate agents of the dissolution of the one-party system: leaders, elites, and masses,” Gledišta, 1 6/1992;
  • "Citizens' Opinions on the Legitimacy of Government in Serbia,” Proceedings of the Institute for Criminological and Sociological Research, 1/1994;
  • "Ideological profiles of party supporters: ideological correlates of electoral orientations,” Sociološki Pregled, 1/1994;
  • "Public opinion as a criterion of legitimacy,” in Baćević, Lj. and others. 1994. Public opinion. Belgrade: IDN - CPIJM;
  • "The victimized generation - youth at the epicenter of the negative consequences of the social crisis,” Sociologija, 3/1994;
  • Parliamentary elections in Serbia 1990, 1992 and 1993", Gledišta, Vol. XXXV (1994), No. 1 6;
  • "The Parliamentary Elections of 1990, 1992 and 1993", in Goati, V. et al. l. 1995. Challenges of Parliamentarism: The Case of Serbia in the Early Nineties. Belgrade: Institute of Social Sciences.
  • "Attitude towards democracy in public opinion surveys,” Sociological Review, Vol. XXIX (1995);
  • "Social security as a function of the legitimacy basis" in the collection: Social policy in the transition period. Faculty of Philosophy, Skopje, 1995;
  • "Social structure of the Republican and Federal Parliaments" in Goati, V. (ed). Election to the Federal and Republican Parliaments of Yugoslavia 1990-1996. Berlin: ed. Sigma, 1998;
  • "Electoral Research in the FRY" (with V. Goati), in Central and Eastern Europe Election. Berlin, WZB, 2000.
  • "Meeting between a weak state and incompetent citizens.” In: Vukotić, V. and others. The individual and the state. Belgrade: IDN - Center for Economic Research, 2005;
  • "How the citizens of Serbia see and experience the transition,” Mihailović, Srećko, editor. Five years of transition in Serbia. Belgrade: Social Democratic Club and FES, 2005;
  • "Long journey to capitalism.” In: Mihailović, Srećko (ed.)... et all. Five years of transition in Serbia, II. Belgrade: Social Democratic Club and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2006;
  • "Partocracy in Serbia, again.” In: Mihailović, Srećko (ed)...et al. How to a better electoral system. Belgrade: Social Democratic Club and CeSID;
  • "Left and Right in Serbia.” In: Lutovac, Zoran, editor. Political parties and voters in the countries of the former Yugoslavia, e. / Belgrade: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2006;
  • "Poor workers, 'subjectively' and 'objectively,’” in Vukotić, Veselin, editor. Economics and sociology. Belgrade: IDN - Center for Economic Research, 2007;
  • "Abstinence and party identification". In: Lutovac, Zoran, editor. Voters and abstention in Serbia. Belgrade: FRS and IDN, 2007;
  • "The Origin and nature of Corruption - the Victory of Mammon and Leviathan.” In: Rašević, Mirjana and Zorica Mršević, editors. We push the boundaries. Belgrade: IDN;
  • "Left and right-wing extremism in Serbia.” In: Lutovac, Z., editor. Ideology and politics of parties in Serbia. Belgrade: FES and IDN, 2007;
Zoran Panovic - Program director
Zoran Panovic - Program director

He was born in 1970 in Uzice and graduated in Political Sociology from the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. He has been working professionally as a journalist since 1997. He mainly deals with topics from politics, (pop) culture, and social phenomenology. He actively writes, or has written, for newspapers such as Danas, Nedeljnik, Ekspres, Playboy, Status, Ekonomist, Bulevar...

He was the editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper Danas from April 2009 to May 2016. Zoran constantly cooperates with regional media and works to improve regional media cooperation. He works on the author's show Presija on Radio Television of Vojvodina.

So far, he has published nine books in Serbian language: Dozvolite da se odjavimo, Holding Srbija, Rafali u kamenolomu, Muzika za liftove, Biti Milito, Sajam erotike, Vreme špricera, Švajcarski kačamak, Tito - kratki kurs.

He is the winner of prestigious journalistic awards, of which only a few are: Laza Kostić, Nikola Burzan, Dušan Duda Timotijević, Dragiša Kašiković, and the Charter for Civil Courage Dragoljub Stošić.

Milomir Mandic - Journalist and Reasearcher
Milomir Mandic - Journalist and Reasearcher

Milomir Mandic (1978) is one of the most significant regional experts of the younger generation in political and media communications and the anatomy of the political and political parties’ scene in Serbia and the region. He is currently in postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade. He has many years of experience in public opinion research, analysis of political systems, and the creation of election campaigns. He founded Demostat Research and Publishing Center (Belgrade), one of the most influential and respected regional projects in public opinion research and political consulting, with the same internet portal of outstanding citations. He contributed to the conceptual and business improvement of the Belgrade daily newspaper Danas, where he has worked as the executive director of communications since 2014. He has experience working in the banking sector (Privredna banka - Belgrade, Opportunity bank a.d. - Novi Sad) and state administration - in the period from 2012-2014, he held the position of special advisor to the director in the Office for Diaspora and Serbs in the Region of the Government of the Republic of Serbia. He is the organizer and participant of several international conferences in politics and media. As a consultant, he is engaged in several regional projects and initiatives. He publishes expert texts in domestic and foreign media. He is a member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Independent Journalists Association of Serbia (NUNS). He lives and works in Belgrade.

Jasmina Lukac - Columnist
Jasmina Lukac - Columnist
  • from 2014 until now, editor of the Political section of the daily newspaper Danas
  • from 2011 to 2014, court reporter for the daily newspaper Danas - covering the topics of organized crime and cases with a political background
  • from 2008 to 2011, editor at the desk of the newspaper Danas
  • since 1999, a journalist at Danas, covering political topics related to the opposition
  • from 1997 to 1998, journalist of the weekly Nedeljni telegraf, covering topics related to politics and crime
  • 1996. journalist of the Daily Telegraph, covering political topics
  • from 1993 to 1995, a journalist for Borba and Our Struggle, covering political topics
  • In 2005, as a co-author, she published the book Political Reporting, published by NUNS, included in the broader professional literature at the faculties of media and communication
  • 2010-2013 Trainer in journalistic workshops of KeyConection Media
  • 2014. Published the electronic novel Inverno at the Mediart competition - Novi Sad

Education - Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade, Department of Journalism, 1988-1993 (Gimnazija Paracin). Languages: English and Russian

Boban Stojanovic - Columnist
Boban Stojanovic - Columnist

Political scientist and doctoral student at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, where he completed his undergraduate and master's studies.

Researcher with 14 published monographs (research, publications, anthologies) and 27 papers in scientific journals and anthologies.

Gojko Vlaovic - Columnist
Gojko Vlaovic - Columnist

He is a journalist in the economics section of Danas, where he has been working since 2002. He made his first steps in Danas in the city column, which he entered on July 1, 2012, and in October 2003, he moved to the economic column, where he is now. Danas also writes the column "Coskarenje.” He won the Siemens Press Awards in 2010 and the Plaque for professional reporting on labor issues of the United Trade Unions of Serbia "Sloga" in 2018. He was born on July 27, 1973, in Mostar. He graduated from the "Vlada Aksentijevic" Elementary School, the Fourth Secondary School in Belgrade, and the Journalism School of the Association of Journalists of Serbia.

Ljiljana Nestorovic
Ljiljana Nestorovic

She was born in 1968 in Belgrade and studied biochemistry at the Faculty of Science and Mathematics. She has been engaged in television journalism since 1991. Author and presenter of several informative and political shows. She was the spokeswoman for the Democratic Opposition of Serbia (DOS). Member of Parliament of the Republic of Serbia in two parliamentary terms (2004-2007; 2014-2016).

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