Ethno-politicization of the Judiciary in Northern Kosovo: CSOs as Institutional Actors in Settings of Limited Statehood

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Apart from a considerable amount of scholarship on the weakness of civil society in post-communist contexts, the issue of ethno-politicization of the structural context CSOs can operate in has not been addressed extensively. This article contributes towards this, and examines the ethno-politicization of institutions in Northern Kosovo, particularly the role of civil society providing judicial services in a highly ethno-politicized context of limited statehood. The case study takes one CSO called Mediation Center Mitrovica, which offers judicial services to the local population, filling an institutional gap from 2013 to 2017 that emerged as a result of the ethno-politicization of the wider societal and institutional context. Furthermore, the article examines the political conditions that enabled the positioning of the CSO as an institutional actor, and asks what happens to the contribution of this organization for the institutional framework in such a context. The analysis is based on participant observation from August to December 2016 and three expert interviews conducted in June 2017 in Northern Kosovo, complemented by publicly available sources on the situation on the ground (reports, surveys, etc.) As a result, this article argues that the ethno-politicization of the societal and institutional context enabled the particular positioning of the CSO in the wider institutional framework; however, it also hindered the agency of the CSO in terms of utilizing its services. The article concludes with a summary of the findings, calling for further research into the links between citizens and institutions in limited statehood settings.
Originalspråkengelska
TidskriftEast European Politics & Societies
ISSN0888-3254
StatusInsänt - 25 apr 2018
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad

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