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Creating KosovoInternational Oversight and the Making of Ethical Institutions$
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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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Mass Mobilization and Democracy in Kosovo

Mass Mobilization and Democracy in Kosovo

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(p.133) Chapter 5 Mass Mobilization and Democracy in Kosovo
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Creating Kosovo
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Elton Skendaj

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452949.003.0005

This chapter assesses the record of democracy building in Kosovo by examining four key institutions and processes: the quality of elections, the pluralism and independence of the media, the quality of the legislature, and the development of civil society. Kosovo exhibits uneven democratic progress across all these institutions, like other post-communist states. The chapter also looks at Kosovo's democratic breakthrough to citizen mobilization and the strategic choice made by the Kosovo Albanian elites to appeal for help from the international community in the early 1990s. International organizations successfully promoted democratization when they supported mobilized publics by encouraging political participation and contestation. However, when international actors supported the demobilization of citizens, they undermined the democratic development of Kosovo.

Keywords:   citizen mobilization, democratization, political participation, citizen demobilization, Kosovo, democracy

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