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10 JEMIE 1 (2011)

handle is hein.journals/jemie2011 and id is 1 raw text is: Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe
J EM   IE     Vol 10, No 1, 2011, 1-30
.    .       Original text received: February 10, 2011
Final version received: April 14, 2011
Copyright @ ECMI 26 May 2011. This article is located at:
http://www.ecmi.de/fileadmin/downloads/publications/JEMIE/2011 /VisokaBeha.pdf
Minority Consultative Bodies in Kosovo: A Quest for Effective
Emancipation or Elusive Participation?
Gezim Visoka and Adem Beha
Dublin City University and University of Prishtina
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 highest
decision-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 the
expense of the developmental and emancipatory needs of marginalized
minorities in Kosovo. Hence, higher commitment and cooperation between
governmental authorities and minority representatives, together with adequate
resources, are critical for ensuring effective minority participation in the public
Keywords: the right to effective participation, minority consultative bodies,
Accommodating the interests and rights of minorities has been one of the major
challenges in Kosovo, before and after the declaration of independence in 2008.
Indeed, international support for Kosovo's statehood is rooted in Kosovo's
constitutional commitment and promise to respect and promote the highest standards
Gezim Visoka, PhD Candidate in Politics and International Relations, School of
Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland; Adem Beha holds an MSc in
Civil Society and Local Development, University of Prishtina, Graz, and Galway, and
currently works as policy researcher with the Centre for Political Courage at the
Department for Political Science, University of Prishtina. Corresponding author:
Gezim Visoka, gezim.visoka2 @mail.dcu.ie.

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