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New Perspectives on South-East Europe

Civil Society and Transitions in the Western Balkans

Editors: Bojicic-Dzelilovic, V., Ker-Lindsay, J., Kostovicova, D. (Eds.)

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This book explores the ambiguous role played by civil society in the processes of state-building, democratization and post-conflict reconstruction in the Western Balkans challenging the assumption that civil society is always a force for good by analysing civil society actors and their effects in post-communist and post-conflict transition.

About the authors

VESNA BOJICIC-DZELILOVIC is Senior Research Fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the Department of International Development and the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. 
  
JAMES KER-LINDSAY is Eurobank EFG Senior Research Fellow on the Politics of South East-Europe at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

DENISA KOSTOVICOVA is Senior Lecturer in Global Politics at the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

Reviews

“The book mainly deals with the postwar or post-conflict social reconstruction/development in different countries and the role of civil society in that development. … The book certainly has many qualities and will attract a wide readership.” (Siniša Zrinščak, Southeastern Europe, Vol. 40 (1), 2016)


'This fascinating collection of essays on civil society and war- to -peace transitions in the Western Balkans is a must read. Anyone who is sensitive to the dilemmas currently facing those actors, from the local to the global, involved in peacebuilding or statebuilding will recognise them too. This volume places civility, society and the pressing question of what emancipation actually means in liberal modernity back at the centre of the debate on peace in the region, the function of the state, and the role of international actors.'

Oliver Richmond, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute and Department of Politics, University of Manchester, UK

'This thoughtful volume offers an important contribution to scholarship on the role which civil society plays in post-conflict societies. The contributions rightly challenge the frequent presumption that civil society actors necessarily promote civility, human rights, or democratisation. The nuanced studies of experiences from the Western Balkans demonstrate the range of civil society, with its virtues and vices, offering cautionary tales for international policymakers and programmers who seek to promote civil society often without understanding the pitfalls.

Chandra Lekha Sriram, School of Law, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

'This book offers wonderful insight and systematic reflection on the paradox of civil society in Eastern Europe, which after returning the concept to both the headlines and the academic curricula in 1989 has found far more difficult since to deliver the promised liberal democracy ideal. A must read for activists, donors and everyone interested in the process of building democratic constituencies everywhere.'

Alina-Mungiu-Pippidi, European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building, Hertie School of Governance, Germany

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Civil Society and Transitions in the Western Balkans
Editors
  • V. Bojicic-Dzelilovic
  • J. Ker-Lindsay
  • D. Kostovicova
Series Title
New Perspectives on South-East Europe
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-29625-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137296252
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-29289-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-33258-8
Series ISSN
2662-5857
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 288
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