International-Led Statebuilding and Local Resistance: Hybrid Institutional Reforms in Post-Conflict Kosovo, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

International-Led Statebuilding and Local Resistance

Hybrid Institutional Reforms in Post-Conflict Kosovo, 1st Edition

Edited by Arolda Elbasani


180 pages

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Hardback: 9780367430153
pub: 2019-12-10
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International-Led Statebuilding and Local Resistance contributes theoretical and empirical insights to the existing knowledge on the scope, challenges and results of post-conflict international state- and institution-building project focusing on post-war Kosovo.

Post-war Kosovo is one of the high-profile cases of international intervention, hosting a series of international missions besides a massive inflow of international aid, technical assistance and foreign experts. Theoretically, the book goes beyond the standard narrative of international top-down institution building by exploring how international and local factors interact, bringing in the mediating role of local resistance and highlighting the hybridity of institutional change. Empirically, the book tests those alternative explanations in key areas of institutional reform – municipal governance, public administration, normalization of relations with Serbia, high education, creation of armed forces, the security sector and the hold of Salafi ideologies. The findings speak to timely and pertinent issues regarding the limits of international promotion of effective institutions; the mediating role of local agents; and the hybrid forms of institution-building taking shape in post-conflict Kosovo and similar post-war contexts more broadly.

Addressing timely and pertinent issues regarding the prospects of international interventions, local strategies of resistance, and the hybridity of institution-building experiences in Kosovo and in post-conflict contexts more broadly, International-Led Statebuilding and Local Resistance will be of great interest to scholars of international relations, state building, and post-conflict societies. The chapters were originally published as a special issue of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies.

Table of Contents

1. State-building or state-capture? Institutional exports, local reception and hybridity of reforms in post-war Kosovo

Arolda Elbasani

2. Explaining municipal governance in Kosovo: local agency, credibility and party patronage

David Jackson

3. State-building and patronage networks: how political parties embezzled the bureaucracy in post-war Kosovo

Katarina Tadić and Arolda Elbasani

4. Implementing Brussels Agreements: the EU’s facilitating strategy and contrasting local perceptions of peace in Kosovo

Cemaliye Beysoylu

5. ‘The association that dissociates’ – narratives of local political resistance in Kosovo and the delayed implementation of the Brussels Agreement

Miruna Troncotă

6. Education for whom? Engineering multiculturalism and liberal peace in post-conflict Kosovo

Ervjola Selenica

7. Statehood without an army: the question of the Kosovo Armed Force

Giorgos Triantafyllou

8. The role of epistemic communities: local think tanks, international practitioners and security sector reform in Kosovo

Jacob Phillipps

9. Salafi pluralism in national contexts: the secular state, nation and militant Islamism in Kosovo, Albania, and Macedonia

Shpend Kursani

About the Editor

Arolda Elbasani is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at NYU, USA, and Academic Supervisor for a project on new statehood, Kosovo Foundation for Open Society. Her research interests and publications lie at the intersection of Foreign Policy, Promotion of Rule of Law, Post-Conflict Statebuilding and Islam and Religious Pluralism with a focus on Southeast Europe and Turkey.

About the Series

The Southeast Europe and Black Sea Series

Today's crises in the eastern Mediterranean, the multivalent developments in Turkey and European integration and democratisation challenges focus scientific and political attention on Southeast Europe and the wider Black Sea area. The Southeast Europe and Black Sea Series publishes multidisciplinary original research about these current hotspots on the margins of Europe. The volumes include comparative and individual country analysis, as well as innovative research that develops deep and fruitful understanding of these regions. The series engages academic and original policy-oriented books with such themes as the politics of state-building and reform, foreign and security policy, socio-cultural phenomena and socio-economic dynamics, EU enlargement and neighbourhood policies. The series also publishes books that advance our understanding of recent history in this broad area - from Slovenia to Ukraine, south to Greece, Cyprus and Turkey, and east to the Caucasus - and its relevance for contemporary problems.

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