Supervised Statehood In Kosovo: Co-shared Governance And The Erosion Of Citizenship

  • Abstract:
    Kosovo’s case presents a mixture of post-totalitarian politics with a post-war reality. Its deeply-divided society is struggling to solve the ethnic conflict while dealing with state-building and democratization. Within this context, the existence of a dual governing authority (local and international) has created a unique political and social context of supervised statehood with contested external sources of power. In an attempt to shed light on Kosovo’s contentious politics, in this paper, through the examination of the case-study of the social movement – “Levizja Vetevendosje! (i.e. the Movement for Self-determination) I argue that the reciprocal dependency of both local and international political institutions has led into the emergence of co-shared governance between them. This has led to the estrangement of the domestic society from the daily political arena resulting thus in the erosion of citizenship in Kosovo.