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In a situation of reduced financial power of the state, questions arise regarding daily functioning of Croatian municipalities and cities: how are they being organized, do they have enough personnel, and whether they are able to provide a satisfactory quality in public services. The complaint about Croatia having too many municipalities (429) and cities (127) has often been made in both scientific and political circles. Such assessments were grounded heavily on the analysis of state and local budgets, with very few fieldwork studies. In this research we wanted to gather information about municipal problems and opportunities from the perspective of the local elite - the mayors, as well as to get to know the mayors themselves by analyzing their professional and social backgrounds. The findings are based on the analysis of 32 in-depth interviews with the mayors from three north-western Croatian counties.

Luhmann starts from the assumption that modern societies are functionally diff erentiated into individual systems, such as politics, economy, law, science, education, religion, etc. None of these functional sub-systems, which are equal, can represent the society as a whole or act in the name of that society (not even politics, which is supposed to lead the development of society). Based on these theoretical premises, we argue that society, as a communication system, is put (or puts itself) into danger because it does not respond to disasters in its environment as a whole but rather allows any one of these functional diff erentiated sub-systems to act on its behalf. This means that each individual sub-system react in their own specific way (economy from the cost/benefit perspective, politics from the perspective of the chances of winning or losing the elections, science from the perspective of new research, religion from the perspective of the world as God's creation, etc.). Therefore, if these diff erentiated sub-systems are unable to resolve accumulating ecological problems, we pose a very obvious question: Can modern societies truly overcome current ecological crisis caused by technological development? In other words, is ecology, as individual, functionally diff erentiated, social sub-system in itself, able to "communicate" the environmental crisis of modern society?

One of the problems of Croatian culture is its cultural heritage that crossed the borders and its incorporation into the integrity of national heritage. Thus, it is very important to find and identify parts of heritage belonging to the Republic of Dubrovnik which is characterized by a distinctive state cult of Saint Blaise and is scattered in Europe and elsewhere, but is mostly present in Italy. There are numerous traces of Dubrovnik in Genoa, Aquileia, Montallegro, Cotignola, Ancona, and Barletta. The author tackles the issue of Dubrovnik heritage in Italy and publishes an unknown painting and relief of Saint Blaise from the Sant’Andrea church in Barletta which is in Croatian art history known for its portal carved by Simon from Dubrovnik in the 13th century. The paper describes the possibilities of making the aforementioned painting in Dubrovnik, but it also opens up the possibility of making it in the Apulia painting circle centred around the painter Donat Antonio D’Orlando (1562-1621) in the last quarter of the 16th century. Apart from this painting, Barletta guards one unknown wooden relief and one well-known painting from the church of Holy Sepulchre, both depicting Saint Blaise. The painting was originally part of a triptych nonexistent today. © 2014, University of Dubronvnik. All rights reserved.

Lupis V.B.,Institute drustvenih znanosti Ivo Pilar
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The recovery of the poem in Croatian language about the building of the sailing vessel "Pirro S" owned by the shipowner family Sbutega from Prčanj, Boka kotorska, has proved once again the tradition of Croatian popular literature. It is, first of all the tradition of composition of occasional verse on the occasion of some important events. The poem and the letter which are discussed in this paper is by all means composed by Nikola Ostojić (1803. - 1869.), one of the leader of national renaissance movement of the island of Korčula. The poem on the launching of the sailing vessel "Pirro S" is discussed from the point of view of the tradition of Croatian occasional verse of the 19th century. It is a valuable language monument of the continuity of Croatian written word at the turning point of Croatian national integration into Dalmatia, thus continuing the tradition of Dubrovnik literary circle.

The main aim of this paper is to systematically examine important characteristics of the city in the post-industrial age, with particular focus on important economic characteristics of the modern city. Critical analysis of literature in the field of sociology and urban geography revealed the following processes as the most important characteristics of the post-industrial city, which are then further discussed in the paper: deindustrialization, tertiarization, economic polarization of population, increase in home manufactures and "sweatshops", increase in unofficial economy, gentrification and flexibilization of labor. Additionally, opposing viewpoints of the most prominent researchers, regarding the position and role of the modern city in the production of (socio-) economic progress will be presented. Will the role that the city had in the industrial age, as the most important "incubator" of knowledge and innovation, continue to be its most important characteristics in the post-industrial age? Is the city becoming more of a place in the age of developing information and communication technologies and less important as the space of the production of economic (and social) progress? Is the metropolitan region taking over the (central) role from the city as the source of economic progress? This paper discusses these and other issues surrounding this debate. The conclusion is that the place, i.e. the city still remains an important source of (socio-) economic progress and that possible domination of the metropolitan region over the (central) city will not necessarily result in coimplete disappearance of the city as we know it from the industrial age.

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