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Creating Kosovo

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Table of Contents

1. Building Effective Bureaucracies and Promoting Democracy in Kosovo 2. Contested Statehood 3. Deadly Cocktail 4. Without Fear or Favor 5. Mass Mobilization and Democracy in Kosovo 6. Creating Constituencies for State Building and Democratization References Index

About the Author

Elton Skendaj is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Miami. He was a European Studies Research Scholar at the Wilson Center in 2011.


"The book successfully manages to capture varying degrees of institutional overlap, conflicting political agendas and other legal and political factors that determined Kosovo's statebuilding... [Creating Kosovo] represent[s] a valuable contribution to the literature on Kosovo and international statebuilding in general... [Creating Kosovo] present[s] a valuable reference for scholars, students, and practitioners working or interested in the region, and international statebuilding in general." - Gezim Krasniqi, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding (May 2016) "The book off ers a wealth of information on diff erent issues related to the early state building process of Kosovo, and will certainly be of interest to both students and experienced researchers working on these issues." --Nicolas Lemay-Hebert,Slavic Review(Fall 2016) "Elton Skendaj's Creating Kosovo: International Oversightand the Making of Ethical Institutionsprovides anin-depth analysis of state building and democracy promotionin the case of Kosovo. State building has been analyzedin depth from the institutional perspective; however,Skendaj's book tackles it from a different angle byfocusing on bureaucracies... Answering thedemocratization and state-building hypotheses with richdata (many interviews) and a structured organization andpresentation of the material contributes to the salience ofthe book."-Arlinda Rrustemi, H-Diplo (January 2016) "The best feature of the book is the 'unpacking' of state institutions across four different bureaucracies. This offers a more refined understanding of state-building and generates important practical lessons for the international actors involved in such endeavors."-Alex Grigorescu, Loyola University Chicago "Creating Kosovo is very well written and researched and outlines a compelling hypothesis regarding the need to isolate certain aspects of the bureaucracy from politics in the process of statebuilding."-Aidan Hehir, University of Westminster

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