Maj Lervad Grasten publishes an article with Luca J. Uberti in Journal of International Relations and Development

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The politics of law in a post-conflict UN protectorate: privatisation and property rights in Kosovo (1999–2008)

 
03/17/2015

Journal of International Relations and Development

The politics of law in a post-conflict UN protectorate: privatisation and property rights in Kosovo (1999–2008)

Investigation of the design and implementation of Kosovo’s post-war privatisation regime with reference to the policy ideas developed and negotiated within the bounds of Kosovo’s international transitional administration (UNMIK). Drawing on constructivist analyses of institutional change, we rely on semi-structured interviews with international officials and a review of legal documents to argue that the process of institutional change was driven largely by a contest between conflicting legal norms, rather than a contest between politically organised interest-based groups. International legal experts mobilised various competing normative paradigms residing in the background of policy debates to persuade domestic political actors that privatisation was in their interest, and to legitimise or disqualify the proposed neoliberal privatisation programme. However, the lack of consensus on the background paradigm ushered in a protracted period of ideational contestation. Privatisation in post-war Kosovo was essentially about the ‘politics of law’, as the legalisation of privatisation policy led inevitably to the contentious politicisation of legal norms.

Maj Lervad Grasten & Luca J. Uberti: The politics of law in a post-conflict UN protectorate: privatisation and property rights in Kosovo (1999-2008), Journal of International Relations and Development, publication 27 February 2015

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