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Civil Society and Transitions in the Western Balkans

Societies and the Crisis of Globalization

  • Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic
  • James Ker-Lindsay
  • Denisa Kostovicova
Palgrave Macmillan

Part of the New Perspectives on South-East Europe Series book series (NPSE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: Civil Society and Multiple Transitions - Meanings, Actors and Effects

    1. Denisa Kostovicova, Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic
      Pages 1-25
  3. State-Building

  4. Democratisation

  5. Post-Conflict Reconstruction

About this book


This book explores the ambiguous role played by civil society in the processes of state-building, democratization and post-conflict reconstruction in the Western Balkans challenging the assumption that civil society is always a force for good by analysing civil society actors and their effects in post-communist and post-conflict transition.


communism conflict democratization European Commission European Union (EU) governance human rights Institution intervention nationalism police Policy development policy russian and post-soviet politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic
    • 1
  • James Ker-Lindsay
    • 2
  • Denisa Kostovicova
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of International DevelopmentLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceUK
  2. 2.European InstituteLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceUK
  3. 3.Department of GovernmentLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceUK

About the editors

VESNA BOJICIC-DZELILOVIC is Senior Research Fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the Department of International Development and the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. 
JAMES KER-LINDSAY is Eurobank EFG Senior Research Fellow on the Politics of South East-Europe at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

DENISA KOSTOVICOVA is Senior Lecturer in Global Politics at the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

Bibliographic information


“The book mainly deals with the postwar or post-conflict social reconstruction/development in different countries and the role of civil society in that development. … The book certainly has many qualities and will attract a wide readership.” (Siniša Zrinščak, Southeastern Europe, Vol. 40 (1), 2016)

'This fascinating collection of essays on civil society and war- to -peace transitions in the Western Balkans is a must read. Anyone who is sensitive to the dilemmas currently facing those actors, from the local to the global, involved in peacebuilding or statebuilding will recognise them too. This volume places civility, society and the pressing question of what emancipation actually means in liberal modernity back at the centre of the debate on peace in the region, the function of the state, and the role of international actors.'

Oliver Richmond, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute and Department of Politics, University of Manchester, UK

'This thoughtful volume offers an important contribution to scholarship on the role which civil society plays in post-conflict societies. The contributions rightly challenge the frequent presumption that civil society actors necessarily promote civility, human rights, or democratisation. The nuanced studies of experiences from the Western Balkans demonstrate the range of civil society, with its virtues and vices, offering cautionary tales for international policymakers and programmers who seek to promote civil society often without understanding the pitfalls.

Chandra Lekha Sriram, School of Law, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

'This book offers wonderful insight and systematic reflection on the paradox of civil society in Eastern Europe, which after returning the concept to both the headlines and the academic curricula in 1989 has found far more difficult since to deliver the promised liberal democracy ideal. A must read for activists, donors and everyone interested in the process of building democratic constituencies everywhere.'

Alina-Mungiu-Pippidi, European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building, Hertie School of Governance, Germany