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Coerced transitions in Timor-Leste and Kosovo: managing competing objectives of institution-building and local empowerment

Lemay-Hebert, Nicolas (2012) Coerced transitions in Timor-Leste and Kosovo: managing competing objectives of institution-building and local empowerment. Democratization, 19 (3). pp. 465-485. ISSN 1351-0347

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URL of Published Version: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13510347.2012.674358

Identification Number/DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2012.674358

Institution-building under the aegis of international administrations has faced various hurdles and obstacles in Kosovo and Timor-Leste. One of these hurdles is related to the specific mandate of these missions, which created a specific conflict of objectives for the international presence – between institution-building and empowerment. The piece analyzes specifically the strategies of international and local elites in this context. After trying to prioritize institution-building while paying lip service to empowerment imperatives, international officials had to readjust their strategy following contestation and resistance from local partners. Facing practical consequences of the conflict of objectives, international officials then proceeded to prioritize democracy promotion imperatives and reduced their institution-building role. The paper concludes on the implications of these experiences for the debate concerning democracy promotion and highlights the possibilities of the “participatory intervention” framework put forth by Chopra and Hohe.

Type of Work:Article
Date:June 2012 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:International Development Department
Keywords:Timor-Leste, Kosovo, international administration, intervention, state-building, democracy promotion, institution-building, empowerment, institutionalization before liberalization strategy, IBL
Subjects:JZ International relations
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Nicolas Lemay-Hebert, Taylor & Francis
ID Code:1161
Refereed:YES
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