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Implementation of the Decentralization Process in Kosovo: Challenges and Perspectives

Implementation of the Decentralization Process in Kosovo: Challenges and Perspectives Adrian Zeqiri, Virginia Stephens and Mi Zhou * Implementation of the Decentralization Process in Kosovo: Challenges and Perspectives I. Introduction Th e issue of decentralization directly impacts the question of community rights and protections in Kosovo. Decentralization has been advanced as an answer to potential problems experienced at a local level; it is perceived as a tool through which minority ethnicities, particularly the Serb community, can enter decision-making structures and gain political power. Local governance is also considered as a way to provide solu- tions to problems that are unavoidably territorial. Th e debate over decentralization in Kosovo has strong political implications for the minority communities (particularly Serbs) and their power in relation to the majority Albanian population. Th e term ‘community’ in Kosovo goes beyond the ordinary defi nition used to describe a group of people who share something in common. Th e Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo defi nes ‘communities’ as “Inhabitants belonging to the same national or ethnic, linguistic, or religious group traditionally present on the territory of Kosovo.” * Virginia Stephens is the Deputy Director of the European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo (ECMI Kosovo); she holds an MA in Politics, Security and Integration http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Implementation of the Decentralization Process in Kosovo: Challenges and Perspectives

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2211-6117
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10.1163/22116117-90001655
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Abstract

Adrian Zeqiri, Virginia Stephens and Mi Zhou * Implementation of the Decentralization Process in Kosovo: Challenges and Perspectives I. Introduction Th e issue of decentralization directly impacts the question of community rights and protections in Kosovo. Decentralization has been advanced as an answer to potential problems experienced at a local level; it is perceived as a tool through which minority ethnicities, particularly the Serb community, can enter decision-making structures and gain political power. Local governance is also considered as a way to provide solu- tions to problems that are unavoidably territorial. Th e debate over decentralization in Kosovo has strong political implications for the minority communities (particularly Serbs) and their power in relation to the majority Albanian population. Th e term ‘community’ in Kosovo goes beyond the ordinary defi nition used to describe a group of people who share something in common. Th e Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo defi nes ‘communities’ as “Inhabitants belonging to the same national or ethnic, linguistic, or religious group traditionally present on the territory of Kosovo.” * Virginia Stephens is the Deputy Director of the European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo (ECMI Kosovo); she holds an MA in Politics, Security and Integration

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Feb 9, 2010

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