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Discourse in Bosnia and Macedonia on the Independence of Kosovo: When and What is a Precedent?

Stroschein, S; (2013) Discourse in Bosnia and Macedonia on the Independence of Kosovo: When and What is a Precedent? Europe - Asia Studies , 65 (5) 874 - 888. 10.1080/09668136.2013.805965. Green open access

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Abstract

Bosnia and Macedonia declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991 and 1992, and subsequent referenda legitimised these declarations, but unitary state actors did not emerge. Rather, Bosnia and Macedonia each contain groups with divisive views regarding the nature of the state in which they live. Kosovo is regularly invoked as an example in their contentious discussions. In this essay, I present a framework for understanding this discursive contention in which Kosovo provides the focus for disputes between extremists and moderates of different groups. Within the two states, groups differ over the recognition of Kosovo's declaration of independence and the question of whether this might constitute a precedent. A political, rather than simply a legal, view on these discussions helps us to better understand not only these dynamics, but similar contestations unfolding elsewhere. © 2013 Copyright University of Glasgow.

Type: Article
Title: Discourse in Bosnia and Macedonia on the Independence of Kosovo: When and What is a Precedent?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2013.805965
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2013.805965
Additional information: © 2013 TheAuthor(s). Published by Routledge. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the originalwork is properly cited.Themoral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1401360
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