The European Union’s Approach to Conflict Resolution: Transformation or Regulation in the Western Balkans?, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

The European Union’s Approach to Conflict Resolution

Transformation or Regulation in the Western Balkans?, 1st Edition

By Laurence Cooley

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230 pages

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This book investigates and explains the European Union’s approach to conflict resolution in three countries of the Western Balkans: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Kosovo. In doing so, it critically interrogates claims that the EU acts as an agent of conflict transformation in its engagement with conflict-affected states. The book argues, contrary to the assumptions of much of the existing literature, that rather than seeking the transformation of conflicts, the EU pursues a more conservative strategy based on the regulation of conflict through the promotion of institutional mechanisms such as consociational power sharing and decentralisation.

Drawing on discourse analysis of documents, speeches, and interviews conducted by the author with European Union officials and policy-makers in Brussels and the case-study countries, the book offers a theoretically grounded, methodologically rigorous and empirically detailed analysis of EU policy preferences, of the ideas that underpin them, and of how those preferences are legitimised.

This book will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners interested in ethnic conflict and conflict resolution, the politics of the Balkans, and the external and foreign policies of the EU.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The EU and Approaches to Conflict Resolution

3. Bosnia and Herzegovina: (Not) Reforming an Ideal-Typical Consociation

4. Macedonia: Constitutional Engineering in a Time of Crisis

5. Kosovo: Establishing a ‘Multi-Ethnic Society’?

6. Rethinking the EU’s Approach to Conflict Resolution

7. Conclusion

About the Author

Laurence Cooley is a Research Fellow in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham, UK. His research interests include the design of power-sharing institutions, the politics of the census in deeply divided societies, and the external policies of the European Union.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in European Foreign Policy

It is a timely moment to launch a new series on European foreign policy. Europe and the EU now face multiple challenges including: conflict in the Middle East and the rise of radical jihadist groups like Islamic State; assertive Russian action in Ukraine and other countries on the EU’s eastern borders; the strategic ambitions of rising powers; and the euro crisis’ impact on the EU’s global power.

Additionally, the Union’s own internal institutional processes have undergone far-reaching change in recent years and a plethora of new strategies has been introduced covering Asia, trade, counter-terrorism, democracy and human rights, geo-economics, and other regions and topics.

This series will address the standard range of conceptual and theoretical questions related to European foreign policy. At the same time, in response to the intensity of new policy developments, it endeavors to ensure that it also has a topical flavor, addressing the most important and evolving challenges to European foreign policy, in a way that will be relevant to the policy-making and think-tank communities.

Key topics include:

  • The EU’s responses to the emergence of a new geopolitics in the Middle East;

  • European and EU policy towards the east, as it grapples with conflict in Ukraine and instability elsewhere across the region covered by the Eastern Partnership;

  • Europe’s changing engagement with rising powers, and in particular with Asia;

  • Transatlantic relations;

  • The foreign policy impact of the EU’s internal crisis;

  • The new Energy Union, energy security and climate change;

  • Europe’s relationship to its southern neighbours in the Mediterranean and in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

If you have an idea for a new book in Routledge Series on Dissent and Crises in World Politics, please send a written proposal to the Series Editors:

R.Whitman@kent.ac.uk

ryoungs@ceip.org

Professor Richard G. Whitman is Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent.

Professor Richard YOUNGS is Professor of International Relations at the University of Warwick and Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

 

 

For guidance on how to structure your proposal, please visit: www.routledge.com/info/authors

 

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POLITICAL SCIENCE / General