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Demokrati utan stat?: Lärdomar från Förenta Nationernas uppdrag i Kosovo
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. (Statsvetenskap)
2009 (Swedish)In: Nordisk Østforum, ISSN 0801-7220, E-ISSN 1891-1773, Vol. 23, no 3, p. 247-264Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, I argue that the largest UN mission in history, the United Nations Interim Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), was doomed to fail in its overall efforts because of the catch-22 situation embedded in the UNâs underlying policy towards Kosovo. UNMIK stressed the necessity for Kosovo to meet certain democratic standards before the question of future status could be settled. A viable Kosovo needs democracy, but, as argued here, the question of statehood has to be resolved prior to building such a democracy. As previous (but often neglected) research has shown, statehood is a precondition for functional democracy, and democratization boosts the state with the necessary central capacity and societal cohesion that a functional state requires. However, what previous research on democratization has overlooked is the need for external recognition of statehood to promote state-building and democratization. Here, this crucial role of external recognition to state-building and democratization is illustrated in the analysis of Kosovoâs way towards recognition.

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2009. Vol. 23, no 3, p. 247-264
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Social Sciences, Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-6672OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vxu-6672DiVA, id: diva2:287019
Available from: 2010-01-16 Created: 2010-01-16 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved

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