State Collapse and Reconstruction in the Periphery: Political Economy, Ethnicity, and Development in Yugoslavia, Serbia and Kosovo

Political Economy, Ethnicity and Development in Yugoslavia, Serbia and Kosovo

In the 1990s, Yugoslavia, which had once been a role model for development, became a symbol for state collapse, external intervention and post-war reconstruction. Today the region has two international protectorates, contested states and borders, severe ethnic polarization and minority concerns. In this first in-depth critical analysis of international administration, aid and reconstruction policies in Kosovo, Jens Stilhoff Sörensen argues that the region must be analyzed as a whole, and that the process of state collapse and recent changes in aid policy must be interpreted in connection to the wider transformation of the global political economy and world order. He examines the shifting inter- and intracommunity relations, the emergence of a "political economy" of conflict, and of informal clientelist arrangements in Serbia and Kosovo and provides a framework for interpreting the collapse of the Yugoslav state, the emergence of ethnic conflict and shadow economies, and the character of western aid and intervention. Western governments and agencies have built policies on conceptions and assumptions for which there is no genuine historical or contemporary economic, social or political basis in the region. As the author persuasively argues, this discrepancy has exacerbated and cemented problems in the region and provided further complications that are likely to remain for years to come.

Jens Stilhoff Sorensen is a Research Fellow in the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and at the School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University. He has worked for the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the OSCE.
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  • Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction: Aid Policy, Reconstruction and the New Periphery Chapter 1. Aid Policy Shift and State Transformation as Expressions of Globalisation Chapter 2. Aid Policy and State Transformation: From Government to Governance and from Marshall Plan to Stability Pact Chapter 3. Small Nations in One State? The Legacy of the First Yugoslavia and the Partisan Revolution Chapter 4. Statehood Beyond Ethnicity? Socialism, Federalism and the National Question in a Developmental State Chapter 5. Reframing Yugoslavia: From a Renegotiated State to its Breakdown Chapter 6. Hegemony and the Political Economy of Populism: The Emergence of the MiloA'evic Regime and the Transformation of Serbian Society Chapter 7. Adaptation and Resistance in a New Social Formation: Aspects of Cohesion and Fragmentation in Serbia Proper and in Kosovo Chapter 8. Postwar Governance, Reconstruction and Development in Kosovo, 1999-2007 Chapter 9. International Support for the Development of Civil Society Conclusion: A Political Economy of Exclusion and Adaptation Afterword References Index
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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 332
Erscheinungsdatum 01.05.2009
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-84545-560-6
Verlag Berghahn Books, Inc
Maße (L/B/H) 23.1/15/2.3 cm
Gewicht 590 g
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