Kosovo: Internationalized Democracy-Building

Deda, Ilir
June 2009
Südost-Europa;2009, Vol. 57 Issue 2/3, p235
Academic Journal
By taking stock of the situation in early 2009 and the preceding two years, the present article investigates the quality of democracy, market economy and political management in Kosovo. The article is based on ambitious concepts of "constitutional democracy", "sustainable market economy" and "strategic management" that have been defined and operationalized to guide a biannual global expert survey of democracy and market economy conducted by the Bertelsmartn Foundation. The democracy questions of this survey not only refer to free and fair elections, but also to the freedom of the media, the rule of law, the institutional, representative and cultural consolidation of democracy and the state framework of democratic rule. The quality of market economy is assessed by a set of questions that assess welfare, fairness, environmental and education policies in addition to the functioning of free markets and property rights. Finally, the questions on strategic management seek to evaluate whether and through what means political elites are able to develop state capacity, build broad societal support, use external advice and cooperate with neighbors and in international organizations.


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