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WBP REVIEW, VOLUME 1, ISSUES 1 and 2 (2010-11)

WBP REVIEW, VOLUME 2, ISSUES 1 and 2 (2012)

The Western Balkans Policy Review (WBP Review) is a semi-annual, peer-reviewed, journal providing an excellent publishing opportunity for young scholars (especially graduate students in MA or PhD programs and recent post graduates) and other professionals, including well-established academics with an interest in the Western Balkans.

The WBP Review is an undertaking of the Kosovo Public Policy Center. It is the Center's belief that such a publication would enrich the debate over the Western Balkans policy issues. A journal of this kind can also take the debate among Western Balkans and between them and other scholars further. Academic inquiry and research are important components of well-designed and well-implemented policies. 

Thus, the key objective of the WBP Review is to provide a credible and comprehensive source of articles in the field of Western Balkans public policies. Contributions may include analytical, theoretical, and methodological articles.

The journal does not favor one over another approach, but rather encourages the use of appropriate social science approaches for the given topic or paper. Qualitative and quantitative approaches are equally considered.  The WBP Review does not define public policy in one particular way -- instead, it urges potential authors to consider a wide range of important policy discussions, arguments, practices, methodologies, and theories, in areas including, but not necessarily limited to the following:

  • National public policy developments, processes, and practices in Western Balkans and elsewhere
  • Comparative studies in public policy within Western Balkans and Europe
  • Public policy development in Western Balkans states vis-ŕ-vis the EU integration process
  • Public policy interface between economic development and overall development of nation-states
  • Influence, activities, and participation of non-state actors in the public policy processes
  • Ethnicity, social inclusion, national identity and public policy development and implementation
  • Good governance, human rights, and human development and their considerations in public policy debates and processes

Each submitted article undergoes a rigorous peer review process. Each successful paper will be published by the WBP Review. Copyrights, however, remain under the sole ownership of each author or group of authors. 

The Western Balkans Policy Review will be published twice a year, starting in 2010.

The full table of contents of the first volume of the journal (issues 1 and 2, 2010) is now available.

For subscription to the journal or other questions, please email us at journal@kppcenter.org


Call for Contributions

The first, special volume of the WBP Review has been dedicated to the international conference on Western Balkans: An Opportunity or a Challenge for the Future of the EU, organized and hosted jointly by the Kosovo Public Policy Center, the American University in Kosovo Research Center, and the Victory University College in Prishtina, Kosovo.

Papers presented at this conference and a few other successful submissions have been included in the first two issues of the WBP Review Volume 1 (2010).  The full list of articles of the WBP Review Volume 1, Issues 1 and 2, is now available.

We accept papers for publication consideration on an ongoing basis and publish successful ones in our upcoming WBP Review. 

Each submitted article undergoes a rigorous peer review process. Copyrights, however, remain under the sole ownership of each author or group of authors.  To submit a paper for consideration, please email it to journal@kppcenter.org in MS Word file, double-spaced. The paper length must be between 6,000 and 8,000 words and fall under one of the broad themes outlined above. Please use the MLA style as the standard for your references/citations.


The WBP Review Editorial Board 

In an effort to make the WBP Review a scholarly journal of the highest international academic standards, the Center works closely with universities and other academic institutions in the region and abroad during the peer-review process of each submitted article being considered for publication. 

Moreover, the Center has established an Editorial Board that oversees the publication process of the WBP Review. The current Editorial Board includes professors from several universities based in the Western Balkans:

Dr. Besnik Bislimi, American University in Kosovo, Kosovo 
Dr. Martin Berishaj, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dr. Servete Gruda, University of Tirana, Albania
Dr. Mytaher Haskuka, University of Prishtina, Kosovo
Dr. Veton Latifi, Southeast European University, Macedonia
Dr. Bedri Selmani, Victory University College, Kosovo

Guest Editor - WBP Review Volume 1 (2010), Issues 1 and 2:
Faton Bislimi, Dalhousie University, Canada


WBP Review Volume 1, Issues 1 and 2 (2010-11)

The Western Balkans Policy Review
Volume 1, Issue 1, January/June 2010

Table of Contents
  The Western Balkans Policy Review
Volume 1, Issue 2, Spring 2011

Table of Contents
Faton Bislimi

Kosova: Thinking Beyond the Ahtisaari

Prof. James Pettifer

The EU’s Treaty of Lisbon: What’s in it for

Dr. Finn Laursen

The EU’s Foreign Policy towards the Balkans: An Opportunity or a Challenge?
Faton Bislimi   

Notes on the Macroeconomic and Institutional Convergence of the Economies of Western Balkans Countries
Dr. Giovanni Ancona, Dr. Raffaella Patimo

Macroeconomic Performance, Trade and Competitiveness of South-East European

Dr. Goran Buturac, Dr. Željko Lovrinčević, and Dr. Davor Mikulić

The Unresolved Issues that Cross the Way to Euro-Atlantic Integrations: The Case of the Western  Balkans
Albulena Halili and Fatmir Arifi

The EU in the Service of Albania – The Other Side of the Coin
Dr. Roberta Pace, Federica Borzillo, and Lucrezia Andia

Implementing Multiculturalism as a part of the European Integration Process: Social Inclusion of Minorities through the Decentralization Reforms in Macedonia
Bojana Jovanovska and Stiv Stojmenov

Does Kosovo Integration Process Pose a Challenge or an Opportunity for the EU to Build on Its Image as a ‘Normative Power’?
Dr. Enkelejda Olldashi and Ilir Kalemaj

Kosovo: Independence or Empty Sovereignty?
Elisa Randazzo

Political Attitude and Personality in a Democratic Society
Marijana Markovik

Challenges of Competition Authorities of Small Countries toward European Integration -  The Case of Albania
Dr. Servete Gruda and Pajtim Melani




Faton Bislimi

The Future of European Union: A European Union Proposal for the Second Half of the 21st Century and Turkey’s Contribution
Dr. Mehmet Hakan Keskin and Dr. Murat Necip Arman

Factors and Challenges of the Political Participation and Representation in Countries in Transition in the Western Balkans
Dr. Veton Latifi

The European Union Politics in the
Western Balkans

Dr. Ylber Sela and Lirim Shabani

European Union and the Paradox of Accession: The Conflicting Logics of Integration and Democracy in the Case of Albania
Malvina Tema

Kosovo’s Struggle for its Own Future in the European Union
Salihe Abazi

Economic Reform for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Accession into the EU: Factors Impeding Change and Recommendations for Bosnia and Herzegovina, the EU, and the International Community
Kelly Lostroscio

EU Enlargement and Institutional Quality: How far away is Albania from the EU Member States?
Rajmonda Biraci, Teuta Llukani, Dorjana Nano

Knowledge-Based Economy - Human Development in Kosovo
Arbnora Krasniqi, Leonora Selmani, Lumturie Selmani


WBP Review Volume 2, Issues 1 and 2 (2012)

The Western Balkans Policy Review
Volume 2, Issue 1, Winter/Spring 2012

Table of Contents


The Western Balkans Policy Review
Volume 2, Issue 2, Summer/Autumn 2012

Table of Contents

Diversity in Post-Conflict Societies: Dealing with minorities in a fair way in the context of a lack of social cohesion and the need for reconciliation
Theresa Song Loong

“Europeanization” of the Macedonian National Identity                                             
Stojan Slaveski and Atanas Kozarev

An Ideographic Analysis of the EU Multiculturalism Discourse in Macedonia   
Linda Ziberi

Public Opinion and Europeanization of Macedonia:  A Communicational View on European Values
Liljana Siljanovksa

Skopje 2014 – Musealizing the City, Reinventing History?                      
Michael Kubiena

Diversity and Identity in a Bilingual Situation – The Status of Macedonian Students in the Region of Korca 
Arsinela Xharo and Anyla Saraci

Europeanization as a Solution to Managing Diversity in the Post-Conflict Western Balkans
Elona Bano



Vehicles for Transformation, or Tools for the Status Quo? Civil Society and International Statebuilding in Kosovo
Joseph Coelho

Peace-Building in Kosovo and the Narrow Narrative of Multiculturalism    
Elisa Randazzo and Pol Bargues

International Statebuilding in Kosovo: A Shifting Trend in the Level of US – EU Involvement 
Faton Bislimi

Change the Outgroup Other into the Ingroup Partner: On the Albanian-Serb Relations
Jing Ke

Is Protest Participation in Post-Yugoslav Countries Motivated by Pro-democratic Political Culture? A Cross-national Study
Marina Tavčar Krajnc, Sergej Flere, and Andrej Kirbiš

Perceptions of Political and Social Circumstances and the Role of Leaders on Tolerance among Citizens
Marijana Markovik and Eleonora Serafimovksa

Is There a Possibility for Western Balkan Countries to Have Multicultural Societies?
Salihe Salihu-Abazi





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