The international community, especially the EU an its member states, seems clumsy and even over-burdened in light of the recklessly proceeding patronage networks in the Balkans: The approach of local ownership which has been propagated for a long while is dangerously ignoring the real balance of power in those countries. How could citizens deal with very diffuse networks, if there are no intact correctives, no free, no independent justice?
Table of contents:
Captured state in the Balkans
State capture in the Balkans – l’état c’est nous!
Introductory note – peculiarities of state capture
Who captures what?
Kidnapped state or state sponsored kidnapping
Modes and instruments of state capture
BiH’s un-reformable public administration – an instrument of state capture
Dismantling Bosnia and Herzegovina’s fractured authoritarianism
State capture: how to save the Macedonian democratic consolidation and EU enlargement
Judiciary as a mechanism of state capture: external actors, party patronage and informality
Serbia: hijacked and appropriated state
State capture in the Western Balkans
Culture and media
Ethno-geo-political entrepreneurs and the creation of internal homelands in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Impotent media and potent business-political oligarchy
Uneducation policy: captured education
Experiences with captured states
Successfully maintained obstructions
Local captured state – an empirical view
The story of a party’s attempt to prevent democratic alternation of power