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Minority Consultative Bodies in Kosovo : A Quest for Effective Emancipation or Elusive Participation?

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Author(s): Gezim Visoka | Adem Beha

Journal: Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe
ISSN 1617-5247

Volume: 10;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Kosovo | the right to effective participation | minority consultative bodies

ABSTRACT
This paper examines the extent to which effective political participation can be achieved through minority consultative bodies, and what obstacles and shortcomings can potentially occur in practice. It explores the Kosovo case, where a variety of minority consultative bodies were established in recent years to ensure effective minority participation and representation at the highestdecision-making levels. It will be argued that despite the prospects of the established legal and institutional framework, these bodies have fallen short in providing meaningful representation of minority interests and needs in Kosovo. This is largely affected by the intermeshed interests of elites among the majority and minority communities that prioritize their narrow interests to theexpense of the developmental and emancipatory needs of marginalizedminorities in Kosovo. Hence, higher commitment and cooperation betweengovernmental authorities and minority representatives, together with adequate resources, are critical for ensuring effective minority participation in the public sphere.
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