International-Led Statebuilding and Local Resistance: Hybrid Institutional Reforms in Post-Conflict Kosovo

1st Edition

Arolda Elbasani

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December 10, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 180 Pages
ISBN 9780367430153 - CAT# 341103
Series: The Southeast Europe and Black Sea Series

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Summary

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.

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