Balkanizing Europeanization: Fight against Corruption and Regional Relations in the Western Balkans

by Vladimir Vučković (Volume editor) Vladimir Đorđević (Volume editor)
©2019 Edited Collection 204 Pages


The main theme of this book revolves around the idea of Europeanization of the Western Balkans. In that respect, the volume discusses the fight against corruption and regional relations in former Yugoslav states, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. The objective of the book is to detect the level of effectiveness of the EU impact on domestic structural changes in the Western Balkans regarding aforementioned research issues. The contributors argue that the EU impact in the Western Balkans has so far been limited and point to limitations in this regard.
«The book Balkanizing Europeanisation offers timely, detailed, critical and excellently researched insight into the complicated mutual relations of the EU and the countries of the Balkan Peninsula. Based on excellent scholarship, meticulous original research and first-hand experience with the Balkan area, the authors provide a reader with rich and profound analysis of successes and failures of Europeanisation of the Balkan countries. The volume shall become an obligatory reading for many categories of scholars, experts, and people practicing diplomacy with and in the region.»
Vít Hloušek, Professor of European Politics, Masaryk University
«The limits to and problems connected with processes of Europeanization in the Western Balkans remain an important topic both for policy-makers and for scholarly inquiry. Vučković and Đorđević are to be congratulated for having assembled a first-rate teach of scholars to examine the most vital issues at hand.»
Sabrina P. Ramet, Professor of Political Science, The Norwegian University of Science & Technology

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Dedication Page
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgment
  • About the editors
  • About the book
  • Citability of the eBook
  • Contents
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Abbreviations
  • Section I When Europeanization Faces Balkanization: Quo Vadis Balkans?
  • Introduction
  • The Stabilization and Association Process as a Strategic Framework for the Europeanization of the Western Balkans
  • Section II Balkanizing Europeanization of Potential Candidate Countries
  • Europeanization of Kosovo: Travails of Europe’s Youngest State
  • Chasing the Candidacy Status: Tacit Contestations of EU Norms in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Section III Balkanizing Europeanization of Candidate Countries
  • On the Slow Track to Europe: Macedonia’s Record on Fighting Corruption and Regional Cooperation
  • What Europeanization? Getting Away with Corruption in the Progressivists-Dominated Serbia
  • From a Good Pupil to a Bad Student of the EU integration Process: Europeanization of Montenegro
  • Section IV Conclusion
  • Untangling Europeanization, Compliance and Reform: The Missing Link of Domestic Resistance and Accountability
  • List of Figures
  • List of Tables

Notes on Contributors

Petr Čermák is a PhD candidate at the Department of International Relations and European Studies, Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. His research activities are focused on post-conflict stabilization and inter-ethnic relations in the Western Balkans region, with special emphasis on developments on the local level. He has conducted an extensive field research in post-conflict areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. He has made study and research visits to universities in Sarajevo, Zagreb, Ljubljana, and Graz. Currently he is working on his dissertation investigating determinants of success in local-level peacebuilding in the Balkans.

Dijana Dedić is a coordinator for the European integration process in the Government of the Una-Sana Canton and the Secretary of the Development Agency of the Una-Sana Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She graduated from Masaryk University in Brno. Her research focuses on human rights, transnational migration, and the European Union integration process.

Vladimir Đorđević, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Department of Territorial Studies at Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies of Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic. He completed his BA studies at the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, Serbia, and MA and PhD studies at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. In mid-2013, he was a visiting researcher at the East Central European Center at Columbia University in New York, USA, and is currently a research fellow at the Strategic Policy Institute in Bratislava, Slovakia. He specializes in the Western Balkans, European Integration, and the US Foreign Policy.

Arolda Elbasani is a visiting scholar at the New York University, New York; academic supervisor for a project on new statehood at Soros Foundation, Kosovo; and senior analyst for the Wikistrat Consulting Network. Previously, she held research positions at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies, Florence; Columbia University; the Social Sciences Research Center, Berlin; and Free University, Berlin. Her areas of interest span the fields of comparative democratization, post-conflict state building, international rule of law promotion and Islamic politics. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of European Public Policy, Europe-Asia Studies, Politics and Religion and Democratization among others. She has also (co)edited most recently the special issue External Governance of State-Building in Post-Conflict Kosovo (Southeast European and ←17 | 18→Black Sea Studies 2018:2) and Governing Islam and Religious Pluralism in New Democracies (Balkans and Near Eastern Studies 2017:1).

Eraldin Fazliu, MA, completed his Master’s studies in European Politics at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, in 2014. He currently works as a journalist for BIRN, used to work for Kosovo 2.0 in Priština, and also wrote pieces for other news outlets such as Spanish El Pais. While studying in Brno, Eraldin became interested in the EU’s external policies, particularly EU promotion of rule of law externally. He is a passionate reader of politics and modern history and is particularly interested in the following topics: rule of law in Kosovo, democratization, EU integration of the Western Balkans, EU foreign affairs, and global politics and media.

Jasmin Hasić is an assistant professor at International Burch University where he serves as Head of the International Relations and European Studies Department. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Universite libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and LUISS Guido Carli of Rome. His research interests revolve around diaspora studies, peacebuilding, and transitional justice in multicultural societies.

Cvete Koneska is a researcher in Balkan politics and security and is interested in ethnic identity and ethno-politics in the region and the processes of regional and European integration. Since completing her DPhil in Politics at Oxford (2011), she has used her knowledge of European politics and security to advise private companies, governments, and international organizations about risks and opportunities in various jurisdictions across Europe, as Associate Director for Europe at Control Risks in London. Prior to that, Cvete worked in the think-tank sector in her native Macedonia, researching and advocating policy solutions in the area of public administration reform and security sector reforms. She regularly writes and comments on Balkan issues in academic and media outlets. Her book After Ethnic-Conflict: Policy-making in Post-conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia was published in 2014.

Martin Mendelski is a leading academic expert on the rule of law, good governance, anti-corruption in Central and Southeastern Europe. For his doctoral thesis from the University of Luxembourg he was awarded the “THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration”. Dr. Mendelski worked at the University of Trier and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. He held visiting positions at Harvard University, the European University Institute, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, the University of Georgia, Bilkent University, the University of Warsaw, the European Law Academy, and the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History. His publications appeared in East European ←18 | 19→Politics, Southeastern Europe, European Politics and Society, Constitutional Political Economy, Comparative European Politics and The Routledge Handbook of East European Politics among others.

Branislav Radeljić is an associate professor of International Relations at the University of East London, with research interests focusing on the study of the European Union, East European, and Western Balkan politics. He has held visiting fellowships at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of Europe and the Collapse of Yugoslavia: The Role of Non-State Actors and European Diplomacy (2012), editor of Europe and the post-Yugoslav Space (2013), Debating European Identity: Bright Ideas, Dim Prospects (2014) and European Community-Yugoslav Relations: Debates and Documents that Mattered (1968–1992) (2017), and co-editor of Religion in the post-Yugoslav Context (2015) and Kosovo and Serbia: Contested Options and Shared Consequences (2016). Outside academia, on an occasional basis, Branislav conducts research and provides consultancy services within his area of expertise.

Vladimir Vučković is a visiting lecturer at the Department of European Studies and International Relations at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He pursed his PhD in International Relations at Masaryk University, where he specialized in Europeanization of the Western Balkans. He completed his MA studies in Political Sciences at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade where he had previously graduated in International Relations. Also, he was a visiting scholar at the Swedish Institute (SI) at the Department of Political Science of the University of Stockholm. Moreover, he is member of the Copernicus Graduate School (CGS), the Swedish Institute (SI) Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL) and program associate at the Centre for Civic Education (CCE). He specializes in the Europeanization of the Western Balkans, the EU enlargement policy, and the European integration process of the post-Yugoslav space.


ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2019 (May)
EU enlargement Former Yugoslavia EU integrations EU rules EU norms Domestic changes
Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2019. 204 pp., 1 b/w ill., 4 b/w tables.

Biographical notes

Vladimir Vučković (Volume editor) Vladimir Đorđević (Volume editor)

Vladimir Vučković is a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, EU. Vladimir Đorđević is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic, EU.


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