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Donors, Technical Assistance and Public Administration in Kosovo (Hardcover) (Mary Venner)
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The reconstruction of Kosovo after 1999 was one of the largest and most ambitious international interventions in a post conflict country. The United Nations, other major multinational organisations and many large bilateral aid donors all played a role in restoring stability and establishing governance in the territory. While some understood the situation simply as peacekeeping and reconstruction, with unique requirements and rules, for most international participants it was a 'green fields' site on which to construct a new public administration based on their ideas about 'best practice'. They did this largely by funding technical assistance projects and engaging international experts to build institutions and develop capacity. This book looks beyond the apparently united and generally self congratulatory statements of these international actors to examine what actually happened when they tried to work together in Kosovo to achieve this goal. It considers the interests and motivations, and the strengths and weaknesses of each of the major players and how they contributed to the creation of new institutions in public finance and public sector management. Although in general the international exercise in Kosovo can be seen as a success, in the sphere of public administration the results have been mixed. More than 15 years later, some institutions of government perform well while others face ongoing challenges. The book argues that much of the current day performance of the Kosovo government can be traced to the steps taken, or not taken, by these international actors in the crucial first years.
Number of Pages: 232
Genre: Political Science
Series Title: Humanitarianism Key Debates and New Approaches Mup
Publisher: Manchester Univ Pr
Author: Mary Venner
Street Date: September 1, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-27-4399
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