Citizenship as a Tool of State-Building in Kosovo: Status, Rights, and Identity in the New State
University of Edinburgh
August 22, 2011
This paper examines the emergence of an autonomous citizenship regime in Kosovo, with a particular focus on citizenship as a tool of state-building. It argues that in the case of Kosovo citizenship is meant to serve as a link between a war-torn community of people and a new polity based on principles of equality and all inclusiveness, or, as a tool of political integration within the new political entity, which aims at replacing divisions of ethnicity, religion or social status. In addition, it looks at the impact of the tension between the ethno-cultural and political aspects of nationhood in the ongoing state-building process in Kosovo, as well as the stateness problem and contested statehood on citizenship policies.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34
Keywords: citizenship, Kosovo, de-ethnicisation, stateness, Europeanisation
JEL Classification: P30, K19, K10working papers series
Date posted: August 22, 2011
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