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Tilmann Feltes: Jugend und Demokratie. Die Förderung der Partizipation Jugendlicher durch die internationale Gemeinschaft im Kosovo

Tilmann Feltes
Jugend und Demokratie. Die Förderung der Partizipation Jugendlicher durch die internationale Gemeinschaft im Kosovo
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Abstract
Kosovo is a good example of results and failures in the attempt to promote democratisation of a country by financial and personnel development assistance. From 1999 to 2008 the region was an UN-protectorate and democracy promotion was nearly an exclusive affair of the international community. Even today, 4 years after the self-declaration of independence and the acquisition of full sovereignty in September 2012, the influence of the international community is still tremendous. With regard to the democratic development of the country many hopes rest on the young generation, which – partly as a post-war generation – count for more than half of the population. The following article is based on expert interviews, which the author carried out in 2011 in Kosovo and examines to what extent the general critique on the activities of the international community also applies to the area of the advancement of possibilities for political participation by the young generation. The article further evaluates whether and how the activities of the international organisations and institutions are co-ordinated and which role the collaboration with the local organisations plays.

Zitation
Feltes, Tilmann (2012): Jugend und Demokratie. Die Förderung der Partizipation Jugendlicher durch die internationale Gemeinschaft im Kosovo. In: Südosteuropäische Hefte 1 (2), S. 45–57.

Persistent Identifier (PID): http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0168-ssoar-323682

Jacob Venuß: Wahlsystemwandel in Südosteuropa. Zur Stabilität von Wahlsystemen im postsozialistischen Raum

Jacob Venuß
Wahlsystemwandel in Südosteuropa. Zur Stabilität von Wahlsystemen im postsozialistischen Raum
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Abstract
Electoral systems are one of the most fundamental elements in modern democratic systems. Based on observations in Western democracies since World War II they are commonly regarded as very stable institutional structures. Thus the study of electoral systems is affected by the neo-institutionalist paradigm of stability which assumes that changes in the electoral system can only be observed in “extraordinary historical situations”. But the developments in electoral systems in Central and Eastern European countries in the past 20 years reveal a very different picture. These countries went through a number of changes in their respective electoral systems in varying degrees and do not fit into the described paradigm of stability. The article1 focuses on the question why the degree of electoral system stability is in some countries higher than in others. At the center of the analysis is the investigation of the respective electoral systems of five succession states of former Yugoslavia (Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia and Montenegro) which are checked against theoretical hypotheses about the reasons for stability or respectively instability. The most similar case design methodology is applied to this analysis, which belongs to the scientific field of area studies. On the one hand the study develops and tests four hypothesis based on rational theoretical concepts of political science which understand institutional change as driven by self-interests of the political actors (parties). On the other hand it assembles empirical data of the Balkan region to generate specific regional results in regard to electoral system stability and tries to close an obvious gap in the scientific research in this field of political science. The main theoretical findings of the analysis presented in this article are that electoral system changes are tightly connected to the question of who benefits from the new electoral systems and that these changes are thusly consciously enforced by self-interest of the political actors.

Zitation
Venuß, Jacob (2012): Wahlsystemwandel in Südosteuropa. Zur Stabilität von Wahlsystemen im postsozialistischen Raum. In: Südosteuropäische Hefte 1 (2), S. 30–44.

Persistent Identifier (PID): http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0168-ssoar-323628