Managing Hatred and Distrust: The Prognosis for Post-conflict Settlement in Multiethnic Communities in the Former Yugoslavia
Nenad Dimitrijević, Nenad Dimitrijevic, Petra Kovács
Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative, 2004 - Political Science - 328 pages
The dust has yet to settle in the former Yugoslavia, the receipts have not yet been counted and the total is far from being determined in the Balkans. The authors argue for a breath before anyone might conclude that the barriers have stopped accumulating in the aftermath of the Balkan wars of the 1990s. This volume includes many cases of multiethnic management on the local level and presents both top-down and bottom-up approaches to multiethnic community management that have emerged in the last five years. Stabilization of coexistence has improved government and facilitated return in Bosnia. Reconciliation is happening on the ground in Croatia. Kosovo is battling with an imposed coexistence. Macedonia struggles to recognize ethnic diversity. Serbia is just now assuming responsibility for local initiatives that accommodate diversity in Serbia. There is also a short portrait on provisional state support for minority initiatives in Slovenia.
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