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European Union and Everyday Statebuilding

European Union and Everyday Statebuilding


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This book examines the European Union's everyday statebuilding practices, using the case of Kosovo as an example of how it uses informal practices to influence local actors.

The objective of the book is to explain how the EU operates as a statebuilding actor in the everyday context, outside its zone of comfort. It illustrates the EU's dynamics of dealing with the local actors through everyday practices, which are understood as informal means or practices of interaction with the local actors in the framework of three key issues of relevance for statebuilding process for the EU: rule of law, reforming public administration and resolving bilateral disputes. The book shows how the EU utilizes everyday practices to influence decision-making process on the part of the government in order to ensure a particular outcome, be that diffusing a norm or promoting its own interests - in doing so, it gives an important insight into what these interests actually are in practice. Providing an insight into how the EU works as a statebuilding actor in practice, in the everyday context, also unmasks factors that facilitate the EU's influence on other countries that it considers to be 'ailing', such as Kosovo, in order to secure desired behaviours, decisions and actions on the part of the local government. It unmasks the EU's commitment to being an ethical actor as it unearthes practices that undermine local agency and unmasks the practical intentions of the EU's statebuilding intervention approaches, and the reality that hides behind the façade of public statements on the part of the EU and the local government. In doing so, the book provides a new way to look at the EU as a statebuilding actor.

This book will be of interest to students of statebuilding, EU policy, Balkan politics and International Relations.

About the Author:

Ramadan Ilazi holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the Dublin City University (DCU) and is currently the head of research at the Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS). Previously, he was an active member of the Kosovo's civil society and briefly served in the Kosovo government as a deputy minister for European integration (2015-16).

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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781032360621
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publisher Imprint: Routledge
  • Height: 234 mm
  • No of Pages: 216
  • Sub Title: The Case of Kosovo
  • Width: 156 mm
  • ISBN-10: 1032360623
  • Publisher Date: 11 Sep 2023
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Weight: 444 gr

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