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EU Conditionality in the Kosovo Serbia Dialogue
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This master’s thesis examines the role of EU conditionality and the way it influences the government of Kosovo and Serbia to implement the agreements of the dialogue and to make dialogue more efficient. This thesis aims at explaining why it is difficult for the countries to engage in the dialogue without the facilitation of EU and its conditionality. By analysing the external factors and the role of EU conditionality, as well as the domestic factors in Kosovo and Serbia, this thesis provides conditionality—studies with an original in—depth investigation of the topic.

The capacity of the European Union to impact the potential candidates to make the required reforms and establish domestic institutions and policy that are both strong and stable enough for membership is fundamental to a fruitful enlargement program. The low political will to engage in the dialogue among both countries caused the EU to use its conditionality towards the dialogue which is also the main instrument at the EU disposal to urge and guarantee compliance.

The thesis uses elements from conditionality theory. This allows for an in-depth analysis of the methods that EU used to bring the countries to the table of negotiations; the way it exerts influence and its foreign policy towards the countries. A detailed process tracing has been completed which consisted of examining official documents by both countries and by the EU. Three interviews have been conducted with in order to obtain final remarks and answers on the research question. It is important to emphasize that the all the interviewees are only based in Kosovo, however this does not mean that there is any biased information since the progress reports by both countries were analysed. The findings of the thesis suggest that even though EU conditionality has been the main incentive for pushing the countries engage in the dialogue it has not been consistent or strong enough as to have an impact on the parties to implement the agreements. The findings also indicate that internal factors and interests play an important role on the absence of implementation and commitment to create an efficient dialogue which would result in normalization of relations between two countries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 46
Keywords [en]
EU Conditionality, Dialogue, Implementing, Kosovo and Serbia
National Category
Political Science Globalisation Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-142406OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-142406DiVA, id: diva2:1161138
Educational program
Master's Programme in Crisis Management and Peacebuilding
Available from: 2017-11-29 Created: 2017-11-29 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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