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Danielsson, Anna
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Danielsson, A. (2016). Informality and peacebuilding: Field notes on the intrinsic reproductive principles of informal economic practices in post-conflict Kosovo. International Peacekeeping, 23(1), 1-28
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Informality and peacebuilding: Field notes on the intrinsic reproductive principles of informal economic practices in post-conflict Kosovo
2016 (English)In: International Peacekeeping, ISSN 1353-3312, E-ISSN 1743-906X, Vol. 23, no 1, p. 1-28Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

nformal economies' relevance for peacebuilding is widely acknowledged. By providing an alternative interpretation in relation to the view that informality emerges in post-conflict environments due to the state's institutional weakness, this article contends that in Kosovo the principles of informality and its reproduction are inherent to informality itself. The article turns to the analytics of Pierre Bourdieu in order to reveal aspects of Kosovar informality left unexamined by established approaches. It illustrates how intrinsic inequalities and power relations constitute and reproduce informal economic practices throughout a circular rationale. Rather than a direct function of state weakness, informality in Kosovo is an effect of agents' engagement in knowledgeable and everyday practices. Agents' susceptibility contributes to the temporary fixing of meanings and doings that enable differentiations yet also interdependencies between relatively powerful and relatively powerless businesses. The article reflects on the implications of an intrinsic rationale for the politics of informality within peacebuilding operations.

National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29895 (URN)10.1080/13533312.2015.1058163 (DOI)000375466300001 ()2-s2.0-84958035968 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2016-04-18 Created: 2016-04-18 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
Danielsson, A. (2016). Reforming and Performing the Informal Economy: Constitutive Effects of the World Bank's Anti-informality Practices in Kosovo. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 10(2), 241-260
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reforming and Performing the Informal Economy: Constitutive Effects of the World Bank's Anti-informality Practices in Kosovo
2016 (English)In: Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, ISSN 1750-2977, E-ISSN 1750-2985, Vol. 10, no 2, p. 241-260Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The World Bank has for over a decade tried to formalize the informal economy in Kosovo. However, local journalists and businessmen among others provide an alternative understanding of informality that problematizes the World Bank’s view and actions. Against this backdrop, the article analyses the constitution and the constitutive effects of the World Bank’s anti-informality operations in Kosovo between 1999 and 2014. Drawing on Pierre Bourdieu’s power analytics, the article claims that the Bank’s agenda, and the economic ideas enacted through it, does structure and shape informal economic practices on the ground. Yet this structuring involves two forms of misrecognition. As a result, informality is paradoxically constituted (in novel ways) and reconstituted through the World Bank’s imposed anti-informality agenda. The article concludes with a discussion of how this underlines the need for policy solutions that depart from liberal peacebuilding’s subject–object distinction to form instead around an acknowledgement of informality as emergent and transforming throughout international interventions.

Keywords
Balkans, Informal economy, international interventions, Pierre Bourdieu, symbolic power, World Bank
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-30688 (URN)10.1080/17502977.2015.1137393 (DOI)2-s2.0-84978524903 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-08-04 Created: 2016-08-04 Last updated: 2017-11-28Bibliographically approved
Danielsson, A. (2015). Field notes on informality's culture of ubiquity: Recognition and symbolic power within informal economic practices in Kosovo. In: Jeremy Morris, Abel Polese (Ed.), Informal Economies in Post-Socialist Spaces.: Practices, Institutions and Networks (pp. 117-138). London: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Field notes on informality's culture of ubiquity: Recognition and symbolic power within informal economic practices in Kosovo
2015 (English)In: Informal Economies in Post-Socialist Spaces.: Practices, Institutions and Networks / [ed] Jeremy Morris, Abel Polese, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, p. 117-138Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-27468 (URN)9781137483065 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-05-14 Created: 2015-05-14 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved
Danielsson, A. (2014). On the Power of Informal Economies and the Informal Economies of Power: Rethinking Informality, Resilience and Violence in Kosovo. (Doctoral dissertation). Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On the Power of Informal Economies and the Informal Economies of Power: Rethinking Informality, Resilience and Violence in Kosovo
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Since the 1970s, the concept of “economic informality” has served as focal point for a comprehensive scholarly thinking and the development of policy initiatives enhanced by international organisations. Yet, informality displays a puzzling resilience. The problematique of this book concerns the lenses through which informality has been constituted, studied and acted upon as an empirical phenomenon. By developing a critical understanding of informality as object of study, the book uncovers the historical, scholarly and practitioner contexts in which contemporary conceptualisations of informality are constituted.

The author argues that three dominant and conventional approaches to informality systematically fail to account for how the reasons behind people's participation in informal economic activities are constituted by an internal and hierarchically structured social order. To transcend the identified shortcomings of the established approaches, the book rethinks informality through a comprehensive power analysis and highlights the importance of hierarchy, covert violence and domination. A central assumption of this rethinking is that informality constitutes a social phenomenon that emerges and is expressed through social practices, which over time and across space have become institutionalised to the point that informality is considered commonsensical and unchangeable. By putting the reconceptualisation to use through the thinking of Pierre Bourdieu, the book performs an empirical analysis of the nexus between resilience, symbolic violence and informal economic practices in Kosovo from the late 1980s until 2011. Based on primary research material, the analysis offers a unique insight into informal dynamics and illuminates the workings of an intrinsic, circular, malleable and ambiguous system of domination that would otherwise remain hidden.

By engaging the empirical, theoretical and meta-theoretical level at the same time, the book explores the twofold constitution of informality as a social phenomenon and brings to light a new understanding of the resilience of the informal. As such, the reconceptualisation forms a critical intervention into scholarly and practitioner discussions about informality. By revealing mechanisms of domination, the book offers an alternative and fruitful account of the socio-historical weave within which practices of informality in Kosovo crystallise. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2014. p. 271
Series
Skrifter utgivna av Statsvetenskapliga föreningen i Uppsala, ISSN 0346-7538 ; 187Södertörn Doctoral Dissertations, ISSN 1652-7399 ; 87
Keywords
Informal economy, Informality, International organisations, Power, Policy production, Violence, Symbolic violence, Pierre Bourdieu, Consent, Domination, Practices, Kosovo
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-21424 (URN)978-91-554-8821-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-01-31, Brusewitzsalen, Statsvetenskapliga institutionen, Gamla Torget 6, 10:15 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2014-01-10 Created: 2014-01-17 Last updated: 2015-01-02Bibliographically approved
Danielsson, A. (2013). Kosovo - den sista pusselbiten på Balkan?. Världspolitikens Dagsfrågor (11-12)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kosovo - den sista pusselbiten på Balkan?
2013 (Swedish)In: Världspolitikens Dagsfrågor, ISSN 0042-2754, no 11-12Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Utrikespolitiska institutet, 2013
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-21020 (URN)
Available from: 2014-01-06 Created: 2014-01-06 Last updated: 2017-07-04Bibliographically approved
Danielsson, A. (2011). [Reveiw of] Pål Kolstø (ed.): Media Discourse and the Yugoslav Conflicts: Representations of Self and Other [Review]. Nordisk Østforum (1), 100-102
Open this publication in new window or tab >>[Reveiw of] Pål Kolstø (ed.): Media Discourse and the Yugoslav Conflicts: Representations of Self and Other
2011 (English)In: Nordisk Østforum, ISSN 0801-7220, E-ISSN 1891-1773, no 1, p. 100-102Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-13475 (URN)
Available from: 2011-11-23 Created: 2011-11-23 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
Danielsson, A. (2010). Exploring the processes underpinning informality: A research project about the grey economy in Kosovo. In: Symposium Papers: Panel: Labour markets. Paper presented at London School of Economics, Symposium on South Eastern Europe, London, June 2010.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring the processes underpinning informality: A research project about the grey economy in Kosovo
2010 (English)In: Symposium Papers: Panel: Labour markets, 2010, p. -37Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
National Category
Public Administration Studies Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-13830 (URN)
Conference
London School of Economics, Symposium on South Eastern Europe, London, June 2010
Available from: 2011-12-13 Created: 2011-12-13 Last updated: 2014-12-15Bibliographically approved
Danielsson, A., Zetterberg, P. & Amnå, E. (2009). Bidrag till vad?: En kunskapsöversikt över effekter och metoder rörande statliga bidrag till ideella organisationer. Stockholm: Ungdomsstyrelsen
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bidrag till vad?: En kunskapsöversikt över effekter och metoder rörande statliga bidrag till ideella organisationer
2009 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Ungdomsstyrelsen, 2009. p. 26
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-13245 (URN)
Note

Expertbilaga till Ungdomsstyrelsens rapport "Konsekvenser, resultat och effekter av Ungdomsstyrelsens bidragsgivning till ideella organisationer. Återredovisning av sju statsbidrag enligt krav i förordningar år 2009".

Available from: 2011-11-13 Created: 2011-11-13 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
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