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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 idea of producing an edited volume entitled Balkanizing Europeanization: Fight against Corruption and Regional Relations in the Western Balkans was born at the time when Vladimir Vučković was working toward finishing his doctoral thesis at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. Vladimir Vučković went on to discuss the topic with his colleague Vladimir Đorđević, who generously accepted to be co-editor and author in the project. The proposed book was immediately presented to Peter Lang Publishing House, which responded positively to the given book proposal in no time. The editors are deeply thankful to the publisher for being far too wise to recognize the significance of this edited volume and its additional contribution to further development of academic discussion in the field of the EU enlargement process, Europeanization of candidate countries, and Western Balkans politics in general.

The editors’ deepest gratitude goes to this volume’s valuable contributors who have managed numerous changes and revisions of their respective contributions. Hence, they cannot be more than thankful enough to the respective authors for responding positively, regardless of at times being pushed to the limit, to the given feedbacks, comments, and suggestions. In that regard, the editors appreciate everything that the authors have done in the making of this volume: sincere gratitude goes to Petr Čermák, Dijana Dedić, Arolda Elbasani, Eraldin Fazliu, Jasmin Hasić, Cvete Koneska, Martin Mendelski, and Branislav Radeljić for bearing in the struggle to produce this volume and demonstrating their pro-active approach...

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