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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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Notes on Contributors MARIUS CALU is a PhD student in political science at the School of Poli- tics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London. He is working under the supervision of Professor Adam Fagan on the research theme ‘Minority Rights in the Process of (Sub) State- Building: The EU’s Role in Kosovo and the Question of (Ethnic) 6RYHUHLJQW\·+LVUHVHDUFKLQWHUHVWVLQFOXGHSRVWFRQÁLFWSHDFHEXLOG- LQJDQGPRGHOVRIGHPRFUDWLFJRYHUQDQFH(8FRQÁLFWPDQDJHPHQW and the impact of Europeanization in the Western Balkans. Marius holds a BA in politics and a Masters by Research (MRes) in Interna- tional Relations at Queen Mary, University of London. His role as a postgraduate researcher has included participation as a speaker and moderator at four international conferences in Serbia, Monte- negro, Kosovo and Albania and the publication of one paper in an academic journal specializing in South-East Europe studies and two more forthcoming publications. 35('5$*&9(7,ÿ$1,1 is the head of the independent Centre for Empiri- cal Cultural Studies of South-East Europe. His current research LQWHUHVWVIRFXVRQOLQNVEHWZHHQVRFLDODQGFXOWXUDOVWUDWLÀFDWLRQ in South-East European societies. His publications include Cultural Needs, Habits and Taste of Citizens of Serbia (CCI, 2007), Cultural Practices of Citizens of Serbia (Centre for Study in Cultural Development, 2011, with Marijana Milankov), The art of making classes in Serbia: another particular case of the possible, Poetics 39 (6) (2011); Social and Cultural Capital in Serbia (editor, CECS, 2012); Cultural Practices in Boka Kotorska ([SHGLWLR+HFRPSOHWHGKLVÀUVWGHJUHHLQVRFLRORJ\DWWKH University of Niš, holds an MA in history and philosophy of arts from the Central...

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