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Civil society and transitions in the Western Balkans

Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna, Ker-Lindsay, James and Kostovicova, Denisa ORCID: 0000-0002-6243-4379, eds. (2013) Civil society and transitions in the Western Balkans. New perspectives on South-East Europe. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780230292895

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This book examines the ambiguous role played by civil society in state-building, democratisation 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.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2013 The Editors; Individual Contributors
Divisions: European Institute
Conflict and Civil Society
Justice and Security Research Programme
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit
Research centres and groups > Justice and Security Research Consortium (JSRP)
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2012 14:16
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2020 00:18

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