The EU as a State-builder in International Affairs
The Case of Kosovo
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This book presents a systematic, in-depth and comparative analysis of the role of the EU in the process of international state-building, and is one of the first comprehensive books to do so, at an international level.
Taking the case of Kosovo, it examines the EU's role in the birth of a state in comparison to other international actors from 1999–2008 and moves on to analyse the EU's role in norm diffusion in the post-independence period (2008-2020). Throughout the book, the author draws parallel analysis with broader debates and scholarly literature regarding the EU’s role as a state-builder or norm-diffuser. Combining a liberal peace thesis framework with the normative power Europe (NPE) approach, it analyses how successful the EU and other international actors were in the diffusion of tangible and normative impacts in the process of state-building in Kosovo (1999–2008), along with the EU’s diffusion of normative impact from 2008-2020. Finally, it scrutinises the role of the EU and other international actors in the processes of state-building through transference tools (funding) and overt tools (political role).
This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of EU foreign policy, European politics, peace and conflict studies, the Western Balkans, state building, international organisations and more broadly to international relations.
Table of Contents
2. Theoretical Debates and Conceptualization
3. Background to the involvement of the EU and other international actors in the process of state-building in Kosovo (1999–2008) and (2008-2020)
4. Immediate Economic Reconstruction and Free Market Economy in the process of state-building in Kosovo (1999–2008)
5. Institution-building in the process of state-building in Kosovo (1999–2008)
6. Ethnic accommodation (through the principle of multi-ethnicity) in the process of state-building in Kosovo (1999–2008)
7. The EU’s norm diffusion in post-independence Kosovo (2008–2020)
Labinot Greiçevci is Executive Director at the Research Institute of Development and European Affairs (RIDEA), and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Political Science at the UBT College, Kosovo.