The EU as a State-builder in International Affairs The Case of Kosovo
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 to 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 analyses 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 to 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.
2. Theoretical Debates and Conceptualisation
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)