• Roberto BelloniEmail author
Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)


Because of widespread domestic discontent with economic stagnation, corruption and the uncertainties related to the process of accession to the EU, Brussels attempted to re-launch the European perspective for Western Balkan states. Whether such a perspective will succeed and influence the deeper political and social structures in the region remains to be seen. Meanwhile, patterns of semi-authoritarian political rule involving the exercise of power through party dominance and patron–client networks are ever more common. Domestic leaders are both increasingly authoritarian and self-proclaimed pro-European democrats, while the EU is willing to turn a blind eye to local politicians’ practices as long as they deliver on issues which represent a priority for member states, such as border control, fighting terrorism or regional stability. In this context, peacebuilders have increasingly endorsed notions of pragmatism and resilience—further sidelining liberal transformative ambitions.


Stabilitocracy Pragmatism Resilience 


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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social ResearchUniversity of TrentoTrentoItaly

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