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Institutionalizing ethnicity in the Western Balkans : managing change in deeply divided societies

Institutionalisierte Ethnizität in den westlichen Balkanländern : Bewältigung des Wandels in tief geteilten Gesellschaften
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Bieber, Florian

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Corporate Editor European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI)
Abstract 'Ethnic politics continue to dominate political discourse and institutions in the post-conflict regions of former Yugoslavia (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia). This has rendered these regions dependent on external intervention and blocked or delayed political and economic development, including the process of integration into European and Euroatlantic structures. Some of the post-conflict arrangements have rightfully come under criticism-both from within and outside the region-as obstacles in the normalization of ethnic relations. While the status quo needs revision and a different approach to institutional design is required, this paper argues against abandoning groupbased institutions altogether. Instead, it argues for a more dynamic and processoriented approach to accommodate ever-changing interethnic relations.' (author's abstract)
Keywords developing country; ethnic relations; ethnic structure; European integration; society; institutionalization; conflict potential; conflict management; conflict situation; conflict structure; conflict behavior; post-war period; political development; social conflict; social change; economic development (on national level); ethnicity; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Macedonia; ethnic conflict; post-socialist country; Kosovo
Classification Macrosociology, Analysis of Whole Societies; Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Method descriptive study
Document language English
Publication Year 2004
City Flensburg
Page/Pages 30 p.
Series ECMI Working Paper, 19
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications