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Brysselöverenskommelsen - botemedel eller gift?

Makolli, Vlora LU (2016) STVK02 20161
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The Brussels Agreement signed on April 19th 2013 has been described as a historical deal on the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. The agreement relates to questions of how to integrate the Kosovo Serb minority in Kosovo. The answer is decentralization. However are the intentions of decentralization to truly integrate the Kosovo Serb? And why has the agreement received so much resistance among the Kosovo Albanian opposition?

This study aims to understand the Brussels Agreement based on theories of decentralization as a conflict mitigation strategy and decentralization as a conflict driving mechanism. By interviewing politicians who have been involved in the ratification of the agreement as well as political opponents,... (More)
The Brussels Agreement signed on April 19th 2013 has been described as a historical deal on the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. The agreement relates to questions of how to integrate the Kosovo Serb minority in Kosovo. The answer is decentralization. However are the intentions of decentralization to truly integrate the Kosovo Serb? And why has the agreement received so much resistance among the Kosovo Albanian opposition?

This study aims to understand the Brussels Agreement based on theories of decentralization as a conflict mitigation strategy and decentralization as a conflict driving mechanism. By interviewing politicians who have been involved in the ratification of the agreement as well as political opponents, I’ll be able to tell how the perceptions of the agreement are linked to my theoretical framework, furthermore to the intentions and resistance of the agreement. The result shows that the intentions are based primarily on reducing the conflict in order for Kosovo to get recognition as an independent state with integrated institutions rather than to integrate the minorities themselves. The resistance depends mainly on the perceptions of decentralization as a way to encourage conflict by strengthening ethnic divisions, political polarization and the control of Serbia. Furthermore the results show that the Europeanization have had a major role both on the intentions with the agreement and the resistance against it. (Less)
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author
Makolli, Vlora LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
En fallstudie av decentralisering som en konfliktreducerande strategi
course
STVK02 20161
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
asymmetric decentralization, conflict mitigation, minorities, ethnic divisions, Kosovo, Serbia
language
Swedish
id
8873420
date added to LUP
2016-06-17 11:43:37
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2016-06-17 11:43:37
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  abstract     = {The Brussels Agreement signed on April 19th 2013 has been described as a historical deal on the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. The agreement relates to questions of how to integrate the Kosovo Serb minority in Kosovo. The answer is decentralization. However are the intentions of decentralization to truly integrate the Kosovo Serb? And why has the agreement received so much resistance among the Kosovo Albanian opposition?

This study aims to understand the Brussels Agreement based on theories of decentralization as a conflict mitigation strategy and decentralization as a conflict driving mechanism. By interviewing politicians who have been involved in the ratification of the agreement as well as political opponents, I’ll be able to tell how the perceptions of the agreement are linked to my theoretical framework, furthermore to the intentions and resistance of the agreement. The result shows that the intentions are based primarily on reducing the conflict in order for Kosovo to get recognition as an independent state with integrated institutions rather than to integrate the minorities themselves. The resistance depends mainly on the perceptions of decentralization as a way to encourage conflict by strengthening ethnic divisions, political polarization and the control of Serbia. Furthermore the results show that the Europeanization have had a major role both on the intentions with the agreement and the resistance against it.},
  author       = {Makolli, Vlora},
  keyword      = {asymmetric decentralization,conflict mitigation,minorities,ethnic divisions,Kosovo,Serbia},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Brysselöverenskommelsen - botemedel eller gift?},
  year         = {2016},
}