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Post-Liberal Peace TransitionsBetween Peace Formation and State Formation$
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Oliver P. Richmond and Sandra Pogodda

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474402170

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402170.001.0001

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Peace Multitudes: Liberal Peace, Local Agency and Peace Formation in Kosovo

Peace Multitudes: Liberal Peace, Local Agency and Peace Formation in Kosovo

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Post-Liberal Peace Transitions

Gëzim Visoka

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on Kosovo, in which similar dynamics as to the previous chapter pertain. It involves often ignored grassroots and civil society initiatives. Many have retained their distance from sensitive national political dynamics and take a longer-term perspective. Donors tend not to value highly such processes because their impact is not visible or immediate. Yet they have been instrumental in building networks and trust in local politics, particularly for the younger generation, for women, former combatants, and socially excluded groups. The chapter argues that this has had a limited impact on national politics, specifically with regard to ongoing European Union negotiations and with Serbia. It then concludes that peace formation has more potential than has so far been realised.

Keywords:   Kosovo, civil society initiatives, national politics, local politics, Serbia, peace formation

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