Weak States, Uncivil Societies and Thousands of NGOs: Benevolent Colonialism in the Balkans

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Abstract

This paper discusses whether the Western democracy promotion project of exporting civil society to the Balkans is a form of colonialism. In particular, it deals with they system of project life, and project culture which has structured Western development interventions. Examples come from the author's own work as consultant in Bosnia, Albania and Romania in the field of civil society/NGO development
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Balkans in Focus: Cultural Boundaries in Europe
EditorsSanimir Resic, Barbara Törnquist-Plewa
Pages27-44
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Bibliographical note

author contact: steven.sampson@soc.Lu.se

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social Anthropology

Keywords

  • uncivil society
  • NGOs
  • social anthropology
  • civil society
  • colonialism
  • Balkans
  • Bosnia
  • Albania
  • capacity building
  • democracy promotion

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