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Stagnation and Drift in the Western Balkans

The Challenges of Political, Economic and Social Change

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Edited By Claire Gordon, Marko Kmezic and Jasmina Opardija-Susnjar

This volume allows a new generation of scholars, from the Balkans and beyond, to shed light on some of the struggles the region faces. The combination of post-communist and post-conflict transition, together with the current economic and financial crisis, pose difficult challenges for the Western Balkans.
What is the state of democracy in the region? Are the countries of the Western Balkans stuck somewhere between authoritarianism and genuine democracy? What are the remaining obstacles to state building? What effect has the crisis had on young people in the Western Balkans?
These are some of the questions the authors of this volume seek to answer. The studies look at different countries and combine methods from various disciplines ranging from political science, history, economics and law to sociology, anthropology and cultural studies.

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illustration: “Swing of Change” by Amer Kapetanovic´. ISSN 1661-1349 pb. ISSN 2235-7025 eBook ISBN 978-3-0343-1152-6 pb. ISBN 978-3-0351-0581-0 eBook © Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers, Bern 2013 Hochfeldstrasse 32, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland info@peterlang.com, www.peterlang.com All rights reserved. All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems. Printed in Hungary Bibliographic information published by die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche National- bibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at ‹http://dnb.d-nb.de›. British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data: A catalogue record for this book is available from The British Library, Great Britain Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Stagnation and drift in the Western Balkans : the challenges of political, economic and social change / Claire Gordon, Marko Kmezic, Jasmina Opardija (eds). pages cm. – (Interdisciplinary studies on central and eastern Europe ; v. 10) ISBN 978-3-0343-1152-6 1. Balkan Peninsula–Politics and government–1989- 2. Balkan Peninsula–Economic conditions. 3. Social change–Balkan Peninsula. 4. Democratization–Balkan Peninsula. I. Gordon, Claire E. DR48.6.S695 2013 949.605–dc23 2013009858

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