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What People are Saying

“This book presents new information which is the result of recent research. The scholarship is superior. The authors have addressed almost all of the relevant topics in a discussion of democratization and integration.”—Nick Miller, Boise State University

“Impressively researched, well-written, carefully documented and closely reasoned.”—Survival

“Cohen and Lampe analyze the unsteady path toward democracy in the western Balkans.… In a welcome change from convention, the book is structured around thematic chapters rather than country case studies. The topics include constitutional structures, public administration, civil society, political parties, economic reform, social structure, and popular values.… The book is written in a clear, accessible style… A valuable overview for advanced students, and will be required reading for any government or nongovernmental organization official venturing into the Balkans.”—Choice

“This remains an impressive achievement that offers a valuable resource for specialists and non-specialists.”—Andrew Konitzer, Europe-Asia Studies

Chapter List


Introduction: The Challenges of Postconflict Democracy Building

1. Legacies of Communism, Conflict, and International Intervention

2. New Regimes, Old Routines: Institutional Innovations and Governance Challenges

3. Administrative Development, the Rule of Law, and the Struggle against Corruption

4. Civic Engagement, Gender Politics, and Media Pluralism: Political Cultures in Flux

5. The Transformation of Political Parties in the Western Balkans: From Embryonic Pluralism to Europeanization

6. The Social Basis for Democratic Development: Elites, Middle Classes, and the Struggle against Poverty

7. The Transformation of Values: Coexisting Democratic and Illiberal Beliefs

8. Belated Economic Transitions: Promise and Problems

9. Democracy Building and EU Accession during a Global Recession

Epilogue: The Western Balkans and Postauthoritarian Lessons

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Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Emily R. Buss // Program Assistant