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Democracy by decree
Democracy by decree

Author(s): Gerald Knaus
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Societatea Academică Română (SAR)
Keywords: Bosnia and international community; governance in Kossovo; legitimacy; peacekeeping; state building;

Summary/Abstract: After the special UN administration was instituted in Bosnia and Kossovo, the international community, political researchers and local citizens have been faced with a very serious problem, having both theoretical and practical consequences for the process of democracy building: government by decree. The magnitude of crises and the high number of issues that had to be solved at once allowed little time for a proper consultation of citizens, and for creating in the citizenry a proper demand for accountability and democratic procedures of decisionmaking. Sometimes the decrees were even published in English only since the Official Gazette is read mostly by foreigners. Such incomplete governance raises serious questions about the perspective of transferring the political responsibility from international institutions to local politicians.

  • Issue Year: 2002
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 16-20
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: English