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History, politics, and value transformation


Edited by
Sabrina P. Ramet, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
Albert Simkus, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
Ola Listhaug, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim

This volume is based on the conviction that the key to the establishment of stable liberal democracy anywhere in the world - in this case, in Kosovo - lies in the completion of three interrelated tasks: The creation of effective political institutions based on the principle of the separation of powers (including the independence of the judiciary), the implementation of the rule of law, and the promotion of civic values, including tolerance of ethnic, religious and sexual minorities, trust, and respect for the harm principle. In Kosovo, there are problems across all three measures, including judicial independence, the rule of law, and especially, civic values. Research shows that the citizens of Kosovo rank extremely low on trust of other citizens, engagement in social organizations, and tolerance of gays, lesbians, and atheists, but high on trust in the political institutions of their country along with a great deal of pride in their newly

448 pages (including figures and tables), 2015
978-963-386-073-1 cloth $70.00 / €53.00 / £44.00
978-963-386-098-4 paperback $39.99 / €30.00 / £25.00

"The main argument of the book which is the necessity to rebuild trust between communities and between communities and institutions – for the Serb minority in particular – to make the country a functioning democratic state.
More generally, .book is consistent with three trends within conflict and post-conflict literature. First, it largely relies upon the concept of social capital. It can be replaced in the current debate on the impact of living in ethnically diverse societies on trust and perceptions in intergroup relations. Related to this idea, the book can also be viewed as participating to the more general critique which emphasizes the need for the international community to focus both on state and nation building approaches and not only on the first one. Finally, the authors highlight the necessity of going beyond the understanding of entities as singled and unified actors." - Nations and Nationalism

"As sixth in the series Civic and Uncivic Values in the Yugoslav Successor States, this volume, through an impressive group of contributors, gives a very informative overview of Kosovo from many perspectives at the time of writing.
This volume is invaluable both for those with little background knowledge of Kosovo and for those wishing to update their understanding of present-day Kosovo." - Central and Eastern European Review

"This volume provides insights and relevant material for practitioners of European studies, sociology, and political science. Researchers and other students of politics, sociology, the Balkans and specifically Kosovo will find this book very useful and helpful in order to better understand the relationship between Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo and the historical context of statebuilding in the country. This volume makes a contribution to the extensive literature for scholars who are focusing their research on state-building in Kosovo and the path to reconciliation." - Südosteuropa