Civil Society and Transitions in the Western Balkans

Hardcover | January 18, 2013

EditorVesna Bojicic-dzelilovic, James Ker-lindsay, Denisa Kostovicova

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This book examines the ambiguous role played by civil society in state-building, democratization and post-conflict reconstruction in the Western Balkans. In doing so, it challenges the received wisdom that civil society is always a force for good. Civil society actors have helped create the conditions for new, more constructive relations inside and between former Yugoslav countries. But, their agency has also rekindled nationalism hindering efforts to rebuild the region after the conflicts of the 1990s. The book demonstrates that diverse civil society effects cannot be captured without querying both the nature of civil society and the complexity of the ongoing transformation. So how can the emancipatory role of civil society be harnessed? This rigorous case study-driven reappraisal of the ability of civil society to support progressive transformation from an illiberal regime to democracy and from conflict to peace will be a valuable resource to scholars and practitioners alike.

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This book examines the ambiguous role played by civil society in state-building, democratization and post-conflict reconstruction in the Western Balkans. In doing so, it challenges the received wisdom that civil society is always a force for good. Civil society actors have helped create the conditions for new, more constructive relatio...

Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic is Senior Research Fellow at LSE Global Governance and LSEE-Research Unit on South East Europe, London School of economics and Political Science, UK.James Ker-Lindsay is Eurobank EFG Senior Research Fellow on the Politics of South East Europe at the European Institute, London School of Economics, UK.Denisa Kos...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 11 × 5.71 × 0.96 inPublished:January 18, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230292895

ISBN - 13:9780230292895

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Abbreviations
Civil Society and Multiple Transitions: Meanings, Roles and Effects; D.Kostovicova & V.Bojicic-Dzelilovic
PART I: STATE-BUILDING
The European Commission, Enlargement Policy and Civil Society in the Western Balkans; J.O'Brennan
Civil Society and 'Good Governance' in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia: An Assessment of EU Assistance and Intervention; A.Fagan
Contesting the Rule of Law: Civil Society and Legal Institutions; I.Rangelov
A Practitioner's Viewpoint; G.Venneri
PART II: DEMOCRATISATION
Democratisation Through Defiance? The Albanian Civil Organisation 'Self-Determination' and International Supervision in Kosovo; S.Schwandner-Sievers
Nationalism and Civil Society Organisations in Post-Independence Kosovo; F.Strazzari & E.Selenica
The Diaspora Dilemma: Croatian-American Civil Society Institutions and their Political Role in the Democratisation of the Homeland; A.Brkanic
From Post-Communist to Uncivil Society in Macedonia; N.Markovic
A Practitioner's Perspective; J.Hanson
PART III: POST-CONFLICT RECONSTRUCTION
Civil Society and the Bosnian Police Certification Process: Challenging 'the Guardians'; G.Collantes-Celador
The Paradox of Demobilising a Civil Protection Actor: Build-up and Stand-down of the KPC in Kosovo; J.Narten
Serbian Civil Society as an Exclusionary Space: NGOs, the Public and 'Coming to Terms with the Past'; J.Obradovic-Wochnik
Facing the Past While Disregarding the Present? Human Rights NGOS and Truth-Telling in Post-Milosevic Serbia; M.Ostojic
A Practitioner's Perspective; F.Hartmann
Conclusion; J.Ker-Lindsay
Index