An Agenda for the Western Balkans

From Elite Politics to Social Sustainability

Edited by Nikolaos Papakostas and Nikos Pasamitros

ibidem Press

An Agenda for the Western Balkans

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Pub Date: March 2015

ISBN: 9783838206981

240 Pages

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An Agenda for the Western Balkans

From Elite Politics to Social Sustainability

Edited by Nikolaos Papakostas and Nikos Pasamitros

ibidem Press

The Western Balkan countries have been both a popular subject matter for diachronic analysis and a 1990s favorite. The significant changes that followed the most recent times of conflict in the region mostly evolve around the process of Europeanization. Despite the plethora of analyses, most approaches to the Western Balkans suffer from theoretical stagnancy, ex parte political practice, and detachment of politics from societal needs. This volume is the work of a team of theorists and practitioners who attempt a multidisciplinary approach to Western Balkans reality. An Agenda for the Western Balkans offers a critical view on issues that have been over-analyzed in mainstream terms and opens a discussion that will occupy researchers and practitioners for years to come. It addresses novel topics and engages in innovative approaches that cut across disciplines of social sciences (political science, international relations, sociology, historiography, geography, political economy) and levels of analysis (local, national, regional, European, global). This collection is a pioneer theoretical and practical guide towards a sustainable future for the Western Balkans.
A fresh look at Southeast Europe, exploring the region's tangled Europeanization process and its discontents. Highly recommendable to scholars and practitioners at a time of complex changes in both Europe and the wider world. Dimitar Bechev, European Council on Foreign Relations, Sofia
[T]his study is a compelling unitary collection of multidisciplinary researches that focus on the 'imagined region of the Balkans' and the Europeanization process from a new perspective. The book can be commended for its clarity, continuity and good organization. Therefore, An Agenda for the Western Balkans. From Elite Politics to Social Sustainability, edited by Nikolaos Papakostas and Nikolaos Pasamitros, represents a multidisciplinary problem-identifying and solution-driven proposed agenda for the Western Balkans, which is indispensable for students, scholars and politicians interested in this 'imagined region.' Andreea Iancu, Europolity
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
An Agenda for the Western Balkans—Foreword, by Nikolaos Papakostas & Nikolaos Pasamitros
The EU Democratization and State-Building in Kosovo: An Analysis Through the Fragmented Local Agency, by Bilge Yabanci
(B)ordering in the EU: Croatia's Path Toward Becoming 'European', by Jennifer L. Titanski-Hooper
The Challenge of Promoting Green Sectors in Serbia: Between International Demands, National Controversies and Sectoral Struggles, by Stefan ?etkovi?
Still "Waiting for Godot" in Sarajevo? Europeanization of Bosnia and Herzegovina—Between the Contradictions of EU Conditionality and Local Ownership, by Miruna Troncota
Macedonia: The Consequences of the Political Focus on Identity and How This Affects Balkan Politics and the European Integration Process, by Nicholas Rossis
Reinventing the Past: Politics of Memory in the Post-Conflict Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage in Bosnia and Herzegovina, by Tonka Kostadinova
On the Growing Cooperation Between China and the Western Balkans, by Anastas Vangeli
Statehood Without Sovereignty: Risky Negotiations in Post-Independence Kosovo, by Alma Vardari-Kesler
Western Europe, Western Balkans: Barriers to Cross-Cultural Encounter, by Tom Phillips

About the Author

Nikolaos Papakostas is a political science researcher and, along with Nikos Pasamitros, a founding member of the INTER ALIA think tank.