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

Edited By Vladimir Vučković and Vladimir Đorđević

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

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The Europeanization of the Western Balkans has become a major scholarly research topic of the Europeanization literature. I am thus very pleased and honored to write the foreword to this inspiring edited volume. The editors, Vladimir Vučković and Vladimir Đorđević, have managed to assemble a balanced mix of competent local academics and experienced practitioners who ask the right questions and offer concrete empirical answers. One of the guiding questions of this book is: Under which domestic conditions does the EU have transformative power? This research question shows the reader that the authors depart from over-optimistic assumptions of the first generation of Europeanization scholars who were merely assuming a positive and transformative impact of the EU on domestic politics, policies, and polities.1 By asking important questions and giving critical and novel answers to them, the edited volume is a highly welcomed addition to the evolving critical strand of Europeanization literature on the limits, failures and pathologies of Europeanization in the Western Balkans (and beyond). It exposes the various deficits of the EU (e.g., state building deficit, rule of law, promotion deficit) and the failures of EU conditionality in the region.

It is also laudable to read a book which distinguishes itself from the standard Europeanization literature on the Western Balkans, which in my opinion has been too polite or too timid in exposing the weaknesses and deficits of EU conditionality and its detrimental effects. This lack of criticism and the dominance of over-optimistic and confirmatory...

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