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Creating Kosovo : International Oversight and the Making of Ethical Institutions

Author: Elton Skendaj
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Cornell University Press (Bibliovault), 2014.
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In shaping the institutions of a new country, what interventions from international actors lead to success and failure? Elton Skendaj's investigation into Kosovo, based on national survey data, interviews, and focus groups conducted over ten months of fieldwork, leads to some surprising answers. Creating Kosovo highlights efforts to build the police force, the central government, courts, and a customs service.  Read more...
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Skendaj, Elton.
Creating Kosovo : International Oversight and the Making of Ethical Institutions.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, ©1900
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elton Skendaj
ISBN: 9780801470189 0801470188 0801452945 9780801452949
OCLC Number: 897810679
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Building effective bureaucracies and promoting democracy in Kosovo --
Contested statehood --
Deadly cocktail --
Without fear or favor --
Mass mobilization and democracy in Kosovo --
Creating constituencies for state building and democratization.
Responsibility: Elton Skendaj.
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In shaping the institutions of a new country, what interventions from international actors lead to success and failure? Elton Skendaj's investigation into Kosovo, based on national survey data, interviews, and focus groups conducted over ten months of fieldwork, leads to some surprising answers. Creating Kosovo highlights efforts to build the police force, the central government, courts, and a customs service. Skendaj finds that central administration and the courts, which had been developed under local authority, succumbed to cronyism and corruption, challenging the premise that local "ownership" leads to more effective state bureaucracies. The police force and customs service, directly managed by international actors, were held to a meritocratic standard, fulfilling their missions and winning public respect. On the other hand, local participation and contestation supported democratic institutions. When international actors supported the demobilization of popular movements, Creating Kosovo shows, they undermined the ability of the public to hold elected officials accountable.

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