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CfP: UACES Exchanging Ideas on Europe, Panel on Democracy and State-building in the Western Balkans, Cambridge, 5-7 September 2011

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  • Sören Keil
    Call for Papers: Exchanging Ideas on Europe 2011, Robinson College, University of Cambridge 5-7 September 2011 Panel Proposal on: “Democracy and
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      Call for Papers: Exchanging Ideas on Europe 2011, Robinson College, University of Cambridge

      5-7 September 2011

      Panel Proposal on: “Democracy and State-Building in the Western Balkans”

      Papers are invited for a panel on “Democracy and State-Building in the Western Balkans” to be proposed for the next UACES “Exchanging Ideas on Europe” conference to be held at the University of Cambridge in September 2011.

      The countries of the Western Balkans, in particular the former Yugoslav Republics (excluding Slovenia), Kosovo and
      Albania are all on the road towards membership in the European Union (EU). However the states that evolved after the break-up of Yugoslavia and Albania continue to face a number of challenges in the transitions from authoritarianism to democracy, socialist planned economy to market economy and in the integration process into European structures.

      Furthermore, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, Croatia, FYR Macedonia and Montenegro also have to overcome the results of the violent break-up of Yugoslavia. Weak state-structures, corruption, unresolved minority issues and the direct influence of external actors on political decisions continue to be some of the main challenges for a number of countries in the region.
      The panel therefore aims at assessing the state of democracy and state-building in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.

      We invite comparative as well as single-country studies that focus on the following core issues:

      1. The state of democratization and democracy

      2. State-Building and the influence of external actors

      3. The role of Ethnicity in the process of democratization and state-building

      4. Minority Integration

      5. An assessment of the economic and political transitions in the different countries

      6. The role of the European Union in the process of democratization and state-building

      It is planned that the papers will be published as a special issue of Nationalities Papers later.

      Paper proposals should not be longer than 350 words and should be submitted together with a short biography to: keil.soeren@...            

      The deadline for submissions is Friday 15th January.

      Accepted authors will be notified shortly thereafter.

      Please note, the panel will be proposed for the conference, it cannot be guaranteed that it will be accepted!

      Further questions may be addressed to Dr.Soeren Keil at keil.soeren@...


      Dr Soeren Keil
      University of Kent in Canterbury
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