Springer published a new book Limits to the European Union’s Normative Power in a Post-Conflict Society: EULEX and Peacebuilding in Kosovo by authors Rok Zupančič and Nina Pejič (a member of Centre of International Relations). The book is a resource for scholars, students and policymakers interested in EU external action in post-conflict societies at the so-called European periphery. Using the theoretical concepts of peacebuilding and normative power, the authors studied the performance of the EU’s most ambitious and the most expensive mission up to date – the EULEX mission in Kosovo. Ten years after the extensive engagement of the EU in the country torn by war, they critically assess the effects of the EU’s attempts to project its normative power (the enforcement of its standards) through the EULEX mission. Special attention is also devoted to the local aspects (the locals’ perceptions of the EU role in peacebuilding), which have often neglected in the studies of post-conflict societies. This book offers a comprehensive assessment of the EULEX mission, based on two Horizon2020 research projects, in which the authors participated. The first H2020 project (IECEU – Improving the Effectiveness of Capabilities in EU Conflict Prevention) took place at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, whereas the second research project (KOSNORTH – The European Union and its Normative Power in a Post-conflict Society: A Case Study of Northern Kosovo (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship) is still on-going at the University of Graz, Centre for Southeast European Studies.
The monograph is freely available here.