Edited By Arben Hajrullahu and Anton Vukpalaj
For many areas of social science research, including conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and international state-building, Kosovo remains a uniquely interesting and relevant case. This book is motivated by the belief that there is much to be gained, analytically and empirically, from bringing together local scholarship that focuses on Kosovo-specific issues. It helps understand how pathdependent historical legacies set in motion prior to and during the war for independence, coupled with contemporary processes of dependence on and interdependence with external actors, shaped contemporary Kosovo society and institutions. It brings together a methodologically diverse set of local scholarly perspectives on contemporary political, legal and societal developments in Kosovo.
Individual-Level Determinants of Civic and Political Participation in Kosovo
Abstract Although a large body of research has investigated the determinants of civic and political participation, few studies have systematically explored this topic in the context of Kosovo. This chapter addresses two questions: How do aggregate levels of civic and political participation in Kosovo compare with the rest of Europe? And what are the determinants of variation in individual participation in Kosovo? The analysis employs data from the sixth wave of the European Social Survey (ESS). The results indicate that in 2012 Kosovo citizens were on average similarly or more engaged in non-institutionalized forms of political participation, namely demonstrations and boycotts. However, they were on average less likely to engage in civic voluntarism and institutionalized forms of political participation. Education is a strong predictor of the likelihood of individual participation in all forms of civic and political activities, indicating that unequal participation in Kosovo may be especially driven by intangible resources and skills that enable the effective use of the right to take part in the political process. Other factors associated with the likelihood of individual participation in Kosovo include interest in politics, perceived group discrimination, and networks.
Keywords: Political participation, civic engagement, European Social Survey, civil society, Kosovo
Who is more likely to engage in civic and political activity in Kosovo? Although a large body of social science research has investigated the determinants of civic and political participation, few studies have systematically explored this question in the context of Kosovo. Understanding the nature and determinants...
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