The monograph analyses the role of the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Union and NATO, tasked with conflict prevention, post-conflict reconstruction and state-building in Kosovo from 1999 to 2008. The role of four international organizations in this regard is analysed by the use of selected quantitative and qualitative methods of social science research (surveying, interviewing, statistical analysis, analysis of primary and secondary sources), employed by the author during his field work in Kosovo. The four of the analysed international organizations understood their role in those tasks in a broad sense. Thus, the four actors were, in line with their strategies, mostly applying the instruments of mid- and long-term conflict prevention (economic incentives, establishing democratic institutions, raising awareness on human rights and fostering protection, assuring general safety etc.), while the instruments of short-term conflict prevention were applied only sporadically, on a case-by-case basis. The application of instruments of conflict prevention was mostly the result of ad hoc decisions, and not an automatized process, which would be triggered in the cases when certain conditions are met. The monograph also analyses the question if and to what extent did the Kosovo Albanians and the Kosovo Serbs support the work of the four international organizations in this regard. The results have shown that the standpoints of the two populations vary along the ethnic lines statistically significant: the Kosovo Albanians perceived the role of all these four international organizations from 1999 to 2008 positively or very positively, while the Kosovo Serbs perceived the role of the UN, the EU, the OSCE and NATO in Kosovo negatively or very negatively.
F.23 Development of new system-wide, normative and programme solutions, and methodsCOBISS.SI-ID: 33798237
Civil servants system acts as important part of the public administration system, while at the same time this is also autonomous system, which according to its own characteristics and legal process rules responses to the stimuli of the external and internal environments. The author upgrades theoretical basis and the administrative-legalistic views on the civil servants system from political science paradigmatic approaches. How to address the problem of corruption in public administration, how to achieve greater efficiency and transparency in the public administration, how important is the level of confidence in the administration in "fragile" post-socialist systems, what role has the administrative culture and climate on the functioning of civil servants and ultimately what attitude can one normatively expect from public servants and officials. In the book author has gathered majority of theoretical foundations for the understanding the civil servants system, approaches for the understanding of current socio-political issues that have occurred as a result of the increasing role of civil servants in the public administrative system, the responses of the society to the emerging problems and the translation of those responses into the legislation. The work is extensive and transparent contribution to the development of critical administrative and political thought in Slovenia.
F.23 Development of new system-wide, normative and programme solutions, and methodsCOBISS.SI-ID: 281107456
The present work analyses the existence of nine pluralistic security communities; namely, the Euro-Atlantic, Nordic, ASEAN, South Pacific, South American, North American, Sub-Saharan, Commonwealth of independent States and Arab security communities. The authors examine whether certain security communities can be understood as pluralistic security communities and what are the related key parameters. The assumption is thus based on the idea that pluralistic security communities do in fact exist. On the other hand, it is also examined which integrated entities cannot be regarded as security communities but can nevertheless be thought as security communities in making. The research is based on Deutsch’s concept of security communities as upgraded by finding of Adler and Barnett. Four key parameters have been identified: i) a common history and common experiences; ii) common institutions; iii) common positions of a concrete security community in international organizations; and iv) cooperation and common meetings on different levels. On the basis of these parameters, different manifestations of security communities in today’s world were identified.
C.02 Editorial board of a national monographCOBISS.SI-ID: 278157312
Authors in a comprehensive way illustrate various aspects of European administration, including the institutional arrangements of the executive and administrative branch of power in the EU and the understanding of European administrative space and its impact on the national and administrative law. Authors examined the effects and impacts of the EU on the individual components of the public administration that is the local government, public service, public agencies and the civil service system. The book also examines the evolution and emergence of problems of European administrative space, causes and foundations of European convergence and divergence of administrative systems in Europe and Europeanisation, therefore the impact of the European Union on the reform of administrative systems in Europe.
F.23 Development of new system-wide, normative and programme solutions, and methodsCOBISS.SI-ID: 282693376
The role of small states in international relations, aspiring to enter into international society as a credible actor, is often measured through their contribution to international security. Slovenia, as a small state, has presumed its ‘well-deserved place’ in the international community could be reached by becoming a trustworthy member of NATO. Among other things, this has meant aligning state policies with those of the political-military organization and so becoming a ‘like-minded’ member of the prestigious club. One of the steps Slovenia has done in this regard was the deployment of its civilian experts to the NATO-led missions to Kosovo and Afghanistan; they were integrated into the contingents of the Slovenian Armed Forces. With this, Slovenian civil-military cooperation in conflict and post-conflict areas has begun, following NATO’s request to contribute not only armed forces but also civilian experts. T his article analyzes the development of civil-military cooperation in Slovenia and explores how has it evolved from relatively poorly planned and unorganized attempts to a more structured and better coordinated ‘business’ of a small state in fragile societies.
F.02 Acquisition of new scientific knowledgeCOBISS.SI-ID: 33439837