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Elton Skendaj

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452949

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452949.001.0001

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Building Effective Bureaucracies and Promoting Democracy in Kosovo

Building Effective Bureaucracies and Promoting Democracy in Kosovo

(p.1) Chapter 1 Building Effective Bureaucracies and Promoting Democracy in Kosovo
Creating Kosovo

Elton Skendaj

Cornell University Press

This chapter addresses the role of international interventions in building state bureaucracies and democracy. The crucial factor that linked international insulation to bureaucratic effectiveness was meritocratic recruitment and promotion. In effective bureaucracies, international administrators stayed on the boards that recruited and promoted according to merit. Moreover, international administrators established bureaucratic rules that motivated performance and penalized corruption. Indeed, public officials learned that they were being evaluated and promoted on the basis of their performance. In Kosovo, when international organizations structured the rules of new bureaucracies while insulating them from political, clientelist pressures, such institutions attracted and retained professional domestic employees, who then performed their tasks more effectively.

Keywords:   state bureaucracies, democracy, international interventions, meritocratic recruitment, promotion, corruption, Kosovo

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