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Forgotten status of many: Kosovo's economy under the UN and the EU administration

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After eight years of the United Nations (UN) administration, Kosovo again is returned to the international centre of attention - this time about her future political status. The document presented by the UN Special Envoy for Kosovo, Martti Ahtisaari, proposed an ambiguous status settlement that is portrayed and understood as a supervised independence. Whatever expectations from political perspective will be, that is of secondary importance for this paper - the aim is in Kosovo's aggregate uncertainty about her economic sustainability, namely to investigate the relationship between fragile institutions, poor governance and weak economic performance. With a foreign aid since the second half of 1999 amounting to €22 billion, Kosovo still has massive unemployment and widespread poverty. How the UN's largest experiment ever undertaken, involving considerable resources and long time, left the economy in such a poor state?

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  • Mulaj, Isa, 2007. "Forgotten status of many: Kosovo's economy under the UN and the EU administration," Discourses in Social Market Economy 2007-08, OrdnungsPolitisches Portal (OPO).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:opodis:200708
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