The International Element, Statehood and Democratic Nation-building

Exploring the Role of the EU and International Community in Kosovo's State-formation and State-building
 
 
Springer (Verlag)
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen im März 2019
 
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • XIII, 232 Seiten
978-3-030-05994-1 (ISBN)
 
This book represents a unique endeavor to elucidate the story of Kosovo's unilateral quest for statehood. It is an inquiry into the international legal aspects and processes that shaped and surrounded the creation of the state of Kosovo. Being created outside the post-colonial context, Kosovo offers a unique yet controversial example of state emergence both in the theory and practice of creation of states. Accordingly, the book investigates the legal pathways, strategies, developments and policy positions of international agencies/actors and regional players (in particular the EU) that helped Kosovo to establish its independence and gradually acquire statehood.


Although contested, Kosovo, and its quest for statehood, represents a unique example of successful unilateral secession. The book therefore explores and analyses patterns of state formation and nation-building in Kosovo, and its transition to democracy. It presents a three-level assessment. First, seen from a historical perspective, the book examines the validity of the right of Kosovar-Albanians to self-determination and remedial secession. Second, from a legal positivist perspective, it scrutinizes all of the legalist arguments that support Kosovo's right to statehood, and claims that both traditional and legality-based criteria for statehood remain insufficient to determine whether Kosovo has achieved statehood. Third, from a post-factum perspective, the book analyzes the scope and extent to which the internationally blended element was decisive in Kosovo's state-formation and state-building processes. It explains how the EU's involvement as an 'internationally blended element' in Kosovo's efforts to achieve statehood was instrumental and played a crucial role in shaping the emerging state. In particular, the book elaborates on how the EU was able to streamline its mode of intervention in the context of state-building and reform.


1st ed. 2019. 2019
  • Englisch
  • Cham
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  • Schweiz
Springer International Publishing
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  • 49 s/w Abbildungen
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  • Bibliographie
  • Höhe: 241 mm
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  • Breite: 159 mm
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  • Dicke: 22 mm
  • 524 gr
978-3-030-05994-1 (9783030059941)
10.1007/978-3-030-05995-8
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Chapter 1. State formation, State-building and International Element,- Chapter 2. History, Identity and Myths. How narratives of the past [are] shape[ing] the present?,- Chapter 3. Legitimacy through missing consensus. Kosovo and the 1244 Resolution, Vienna Negotiations and Ahtisaari Plan: The Starting Point for the 'International Element,- Chapter 4. International Element, Quest to Statehood and International Law,- Chapter 5. Kosovös Quest for Statehood: From Unilateral Secession to Recognition,- Chapter 6. The policy of deliberate ambiguity: Petitioning the role of the EU in Kosovo's State-formation and State-building,- Chapter 7. Brussels Agreement: Between statehood and 1244 status,- Chapter 8. The EU's recent engagement with Kosovo through the Special Court project: A case study indicating the EU's supportive position on the state of Kosovo,- Chapter 9. Concluding on the significance of the 'international element' in Kosovo's statehood and state-building process.
This book represents a unique endeavor to elucidate the story of Kosovo's unilateral quest for statehood. It is an inquiry into the international legal aspects and processes that shaped and surrounded the creation of the state of Kosovo. Being created outside the post-colonial context, Kosovo offers a unique yet controversial example of state emergence both in the theory and practice of creation of states. Accordingly, the book investigates the legal pathways, strategies, developments and policy positions of international agencies/actors and regional players (in particular the EU) that helped Kosovo to establish its independence and gradually acquire statehood.
Although contested, Kosovo, and its quest for statehood, represents a unique example of successful unilateral secession. The book therefore explores and analyses patterns of state formation and nation-building in Kosovo, and its transition to democracy. It presents a three-level assessment. First, seen from a historical perspective, the book examines the validity of the right of Kosovar-Albanians to self-determination and remedial secession. Second, from a legal positivist perspective, it scrutinizes all of the legalist arguments that support Kosovo's right to statehood, and claims that both traditional and legality-based criteria for statehood remain insufficient to determine whether Kosovo has achieved statehood. Third, from a post-factum perspective, the book analyzes the scope and extent to which the internationally blended element was decisive in Kosovo's state-formation and state-building processes. It explains how the EU's involvement as an 'internationally blended element' in Kosovo's efforts to achieve statehood was instrumental and played a crucial role in shaping the emerging state. In particular, the book elaborates on how the EU was able to streamline its mode of intervention in the context of state-building and reform.

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