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Transnationalism in the Balkans by Denisa Kostovicova
Book DescriptionAfter a decade of exclusive nationalism, violence and isolation of the 1990s, the Balkans has seen the emergence of transnational links between the former ethnic foes. Do these new cross-border links herald the era of inter-ethnic reconciliation in place of the politics of ethnic exclusion? Are they a proof of a successful transition from authoritarianism and war to democracy and peace? Drawing on substantial empirical research by regional specialists, Transnationalism in the Balkans provides a sobering insight into the nature of cross-border links in the region and their implications. Several of the authors show how transnational connections in the context of weak states and new borders in the region have been used by transnational actors - be it in the politics, economics and culture -- to undermine a democratic consolidation and keep the practice of exclusive ethnic politics and identities alive. These findings make a strong case to go beyond the region and put forth a critical argument for rethinking the theories of transition to democracy in the post-Communist and post-conflict setting to incorporate a dimension of globalisation. This book was previously published as a special issue of Ethnopolitics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415464468
(246mm x 174mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Denisa Kostovicova
Civil Society and Transitions in the Western Balkans, Hardback (January 2013)
This book explores the ambiguous role played by civil society in the processes of state-building, democratization and post-conflict reconstruction in the Western Balkans challenging the assumption that civil society is always a force for good by analysing civil society actors and their effects in post-communist and post-conflict transition.
Bottom-Up Politics, Hardback (November 2011)
Adopting a people-centred perspective to globalization, the authors explore complex, counterintuitive and even unintended forms and consequences of bottom-up politics, going beyond simplistic understandings of ordinary people as either victims or beneficiaries of globalization.
Persistent State Weakness in the Global Age, Hardback (October 2009)» View all books by Denisa Kostovicova
Addresses the question of why state weakness in the global era persists. This book debunks a common assumption that state weakness is a stop-gap on the path to state failure and state collapse. Informed by a globalization perspective, it shows how state weakness is frequently self-reproducing and functional.
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Author Biography - Denisa Kostovicova
Denisa Kostovicova is a lecturer at the Department of Government and Development Studies Institute, and a fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the author of Kosovo: The Politics of Identity and Space and co-editor of Kosovo: Myths, Conflict and War. Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic is a research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at London School of Economics and Political Science. Her main area of research and teaching is the political economy of war and post- war reconstruction.
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