From forms to norms: global projects and local practices in the Balkan NGO scene

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ven the most localized rule-of-law conflicts are integrally tied to global forces. At the local level, these global discourses and resources are utilized in the local power struggles as they play themselves out in democracy promotion projects. This paper analyses the role of local NGOs in helping to institute the rule of law in the new democracies of Eastern Europe. Global democracy promotion efforts in the world of projects may actually inhibit the emergence of democratic practices. At the global/local interface, we must analyze why certain definitions or discourses triumph over the long term. It remains to be seen whether we are exporting genuine democratic norms or simply the forms of activity typical of project society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-337
JournalJournal of Human Rights
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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  • Social Anthropology


  • human rights
  • social anthropology
  • civil society
  • NGOs
  • projectization
  • democracy promotion


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