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Meka, Eltion, and Stefano Bianchini. “The Challenges of Democratization and Reconciliation in the Post-Yugoslav Space.” (2020).


This book explores the challenges of democratization and reconciliation in the context of European integration in the post-Yugoslav region. Despite its academic and policy relevance, students and academics studying the region do not have a single source of reading material where they can learn about the challenges facing the region. This book aims to serve an array of college students and become a go-to source in studying the region. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the book provides readers with a comprehensive account of the various challenges inhibiting democratization and reconciliation. The chapters are written by authors from different disciplines, thus allowing readers to analyze the region from different perspectives.

Table of contents

  • Introduction
    Eltion Meka, Stefano Bianchini
  • Section 1: Understanding the dilemmas of the post-Yugoslav Space
    • Chapter 1: The Search for Meaning and Identity: Nation- and State-Building in the Western Balkans
      Davor Pauković, Višeslav Raos
    • Chapter 2: Understanding Democracy
      Pero Maldini
    • Chapter 3: The Role of Deliberative and Participatory Democracy in Promoting Reconciliation
      Goran Patrick Filic
    • Chapter 4: The role of European integration in the Western Balkans
      Eltion Meka, Maja Savić-Bojanić
    • Chapter 5: Imported Democracy And Its Fragility Without Reconciliation
      Stefano Bianchini
  • Section 2: Achieving Democracy and Reconciliation: Controversial paths?
    • Chapter 6: Sources and Continuities of Ethno-religious Nationalism in the Western Balkans
      Ilir Kalemaj, Sokol Lleshi
    • Chapter 7: Justice and Reconciliation: Some Experiences from the ICTY and South Africa
      Johan J du Toit
    • Chapter 8: Borders and Boundaries as Obstacles to Reconciliation
      Maja Pulić
    • Chapter 9: Intellectuals between radicalization and reconciliation in the Western Balkans
      Gazela Pudar Draško, Aleksandar Pavlović
    • Chapter 10: Minorities and reconciliation in the Western Balkans
      Simona Mameli, Sanja Kajinić
    • Chapter 11: Variety and effects of human mobility: “intra”, “extra”, and “crossing” flows in the region and the democratization process
      Marco Zoppi
  • Afterword
    Stefano Bianchini, Eltion Meka