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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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Creating Constituencies for State Building and Democratization

Creating Constituencies for State Building and Democratization

(p.171) Chapter 6 Creating Constituencies for State Building and Democratization
Creating Kosovo

Elton Skendaj

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter argues that mass mobilization and public participation have contributed to the democratic breakthrough in Kosovo and its subsequent democratic development. Unlike state bureaucracies that vary in their performance, the various democratic institutions of elections, the media, civil society, and the legislature are all similarly weak, yet overall are supportive of democratic development. Moreover, international organizations have had a positive influence on democratization in Kosovo when they supported public mobilization and participation in democratic institutions by encouraging political and societal influence on decision making. This approach is different from the successful international approach to state building, whereby international organizations insulated the effective bureaucracies from societal and political clientelism.

Keywords:   mass mobilization, public participation, Kosovo, democratization, democratic institutions, state building, societal clientelism, political clientelism

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