Networks Of Democracy

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  • Copyright: 2005-04-13
  • Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr
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In 1999, the United Nations embarked on a massive intervention in Kosovo. This book compares the fate of two adjacent municipalities two years into that intervention. Though similar in all key respects, by 2001 the municipalities were headed down markedly different paths--one making progress toward institution-building, democratization, and reconstruction, the other stagnating. Drawing on extensive field research, the author shows that the successful municipality was able to bring together international organizations and local populations as part of a "network" organization. The lack of progress in the second municipality was due to the same organizations staying behind bureaucratic walls, and keeping local populations at a distance. In both municipalities, information and communication technologies contributed in surprising ways to the success or failure of the international efforts. This book has relevance for interventions around the world, most obviously for the challenging situations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the author develops policy recommendations in the concluding section. No other book on nation-building or democratization examines the daily behavior in an international intervention to answer the big question: How do you get from the chaos of a post-conflict society to one with functioning institutions?

Author Biography

Anne Holohan received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow at the University of Trento, Italy.

Table of Contents

Acronyms and Abbreviations xiii
Introduction 1(10)
Part I: The UN Mission in Kosovo as a Network Organization
Democratizing Through Networks
Theoretical Background
Part II: Two Municipalities in Kosovo
Leadership in Networks
Formality, Social Embeddedness, and Accountability
Part III: Information and Communication Technologies
The Use and Misuse of Information and Communication Technologies
Transactive Memory
Part IV: Members of the Network
The UN Civil Administration and KFOR
The OSCE, the International Police, and NGOs
Conclusion: Implications for International Interventions in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Beyond . . . 167(14)
Appendix: Background and Methods 181(6)
Notes 187(12)
References 199(16)
Index 215

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