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Minority consultative bodies in Kosovo: A quest for effective emancipation or elusive participation?

Visoka, Gëzim and Beha, Adem (2011) Minority consultative bodies in Kosovo: A quest for effective emancipation or elusive participation? Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, 10 (1). pp. 1-30. ISSN 1617-5247

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This paper examines the extent to which effective political participation can be achieved through minority consultative bodies, and what obstacles and shortcomings can potentially occur in practice. It explores the Kosovo case, where a variety of minority consultative bodies were established in recent years to ensure effective minority participation and representation at the highest decision-making levels. It will be argued that despite the prospects of the established legal and institutional framework, these bodies have fallen short in providing meaningful representation of minority interests and needs in Kosovo. This is largely affected by the intermeshed interests of elites among the majority and minority communities that prioritize their narrow interests to the expense of the developmental and emancipatory needs of marginalized minorities in Kosovo. Hence, higher commitment and cooperation between governmental authorities and minority representatives, together with adequate resources, are critical for ensuring effective minority participation in the public sphere.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:effective participation; minority consultative bodies; Kosovo
Subjects:Social Sciences > Multiculturalism
Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for International Studies (CIS)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:European Centre for Minority Issues - ECMI
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Copyright Information:© 2011 ECMI The copy of record is available at
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:17125
Deposited On:10 Jul 2012 09:51 by Gezim Visoka. Last Modified 25 Jan 2017 10:43

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