AbstractsPolitical Science

Kosovo - A Script of Independence

by Kasper Bjerring Petersen

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2012
Keywords: Kosovo; Independence; Statebuilding; Sovereignty; Ownership; EU; Ahtisaari; Krasner
Record ID: 1120784
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/1800/7004


This bachelor report is investigating the collaboration between Kosovo and the international presence in the country. It answers how the people of Ko-sovo have followed a Script of Sovereignty, where the Ahtisaari Plan is a central part, in an attempt to gain international recognition for their declaration of independence in 2008. To investigate this situation have the study used the theoretical framework of Stephen Krasner’s theory about the Aspects of Sovereignty, The investigation has focused on how the local collaboration with the EU institutions in Kosovo works and how this relationship affects Kosovo’s sovereignty. The aim is to bring together the sovereignty script and the collaboration with the international institutions to show how they have defined the sovereignty process of Kosovo. The study concludes that the Ahtisaari Plan have been essential for the de-velopment in Kosovo and on their attempt to achieve international recogni-tion. It also shows that the current limited recognition causes problems for the EU institution’s mandates, giving the Kosovars an opportunity to act more autonomous.