The Elgar Companion to Post-Conflict Transition
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The Elgar Companion to Post-Conflict Transition

Edited by Hans-Joachim Giessmann, Roger Mac Ginty, Beatrix Austin and Christine Seifert

What are the main drivers of political transition and regime change? And to what extent do these apparently seismic political changes result in real change? These questions are the focus of this comparative study written by a mix of scholars and practitioners. This state-of-the-art volume identifies patterns in political transitions, but is largely unconvinced that these transitions bring about real change to the underlying structures of society. Patriarchy, land tenure, and economic systems often remain immune to change, despite the headlines.
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Chapter 7: Kosovo

Avni Mazrreku, Gjon Culaj and Elvin Blakaj

Abstract

Kosovo in the context of the analysis made in this book can be seen as a unique case in international relations (sui generis), because of its passage through internal non-violent and armed resistance, secession and state-building with strong support from the international community. The post-conflict transitional process had a specific progression that was strongly informed by Kosovo’s unique history and its impact on the study of the process as a whole. Kosovo displays what happens to a ‘country’ at any point in the spectrum of transitional democracies: from dictatorship, via protectorate to an independent state. We show that Kosovo’s interests at national levels are not defined well, which creates challenges for Kosovo as a new formed state-entity. We used the case of Kosovo to show what happens to a transitional, post-conflict process when national interests are defined by subnational entities, in Kosovo’s case political parties, which creates unique problems in transitional analysis.

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