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Vesna Pusić

In office
2000 – 2008
Preceded by Radimir Čačić
Succeeded by Radimir Čačić

Born 25 April 1953 (1953-04-25) (age 56)
Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia, SR Croatia
Nationality Croatian
Political party Croatian People's Party - Liberal Democrats
Religion Atheist[1]

Vesna Pusić (born March 25, 1953) is a member of Croatian Parliament and one of the main speakers of the opposition Croatian People's Party - Liberal Democrats in the Parliament. Pusić is known as an outspoken liberal, and one of the most recognizable women in the Parliament (Sabor).

She is currently the president of the Croatian National Committee for Tracking the Negotiations on the Accession of Croatia to the European Union, the president of the HNS-LD parliamentary club, and the vice-president of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party.

Vesna Pusić was a candidate in the Croatian presidential election, 2009–2010.



Vesna Pusić was born in Zagreb, Croatia, in the family of Eugen Pusić, distinguished professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb and Višnja Pusić, a professor of English language. Her brother Zoran Pusić is known as a civil rights and peace activist.

She graduated from gymnasium in 1971 and then from the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, sociology and philosophy, in 1976. From 1975 to 1979 she was a member of the IDE - International Research Group doing research on industrial democracy in Europe. From 1976 to 1978 she was a researcher at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Since 1978 she has been working at the Sociology Department of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Zagreb, and teaching courses in the Theory of Industrial Democracy and the Sociology of Politics. She obtained a doctorate in sociology in 1984 at the same faculty, and in 1988 she became a tenured professor.

In 1978 Pusić was one of seven women who initiated the first feminist organization in SFR Yugoslavia Žena i društvo, and was widely criticized by the authorities at the time.

Vesna Pusić was of the 28 founding members of the Croatian People's Party (Hrvatska narodna stranka, HNS) in 1990, after participating in the Coalition of People's Accord. She stopped participating in 1992, but rejoined the party in 1997 and was later the President of the party between 2000 and 2008. She first entered the Parliament on the Croatian parliamentary election, 2000.

In 1992 Pusić was the co-founder and director of the Erasmus Guild, a non-governmental, non-partisan think-tank for the culture of democracy, and the publisher and editor of the journal Erasmus, focusing specifically on different issues of transition in Croatia, countries of former Yugoslavia and Eastern Europe. Erasmus Guild ceased operations in 1998.

In 2005 and 2008[2][3] she was made the head of the National Committee for EU negotiations, the body that oversees accession negotiations and is composed of members of parliament as well as representatives of the President, the academic community, and employers and union representatives.

In 2006 and 2008 she was elected vice-president of ELDR.

Pusić lectured at the University of Chicago; Cornell University, and the American University, The Wilson Center, the International Democratic Forum at Washington, D.C.

She lives in Zagreb with her husband and daughter.

Vesna Pusić is considered as an icon to Croatian LGBT community. In 2003 portal awarded her with the "gay friendly person of the year". She has been one of the few Croatian politicians continuously marching at Zagreb gay pride march. [4]

In the Croatian presidential election, 2009–2010, Pusić was the HNS-LD candidate. She won 7.25% in the first round, placing fifth out of twelve candidates, and was thus eliminated from the second round.


  • Democracies and Dictatorships, Durieux, Zagreb 1998
  • The Leaders and the Managers, Novi Liber, Zagreb 1992
  • Industrial Democracy and Civil Society, Sociološko društvo Hrvatske, Zagreb 1986.
  • Industrial Democracy in Europe, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1981 (co-author)
  • European Industrial Relations, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1981 (co-author)



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Party political offices
Preceded by
Radimir Čačić
President of Croatian People's Party
April 2000-6 February 2006
Succeeded by
Vesna Pusić
as President of HNS-LD
Preceded by
Vesna Pusić
as President of HNS
President of Croatian People's Party-Liberal Democrats
6 February 2006 - 2008
Succeeded by
Radimir Čačić
Preceded by
Jozo Radoš
as President of Libra

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