Sean Parramore

Sean Parramore

Sean Parramore is a PhD Candidate at Queen Mary University of London. This post is based on his field research conducted in Kosovo from May to October 2015. He uses case studies from Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina to investigate how reforms enable a formal real estate market and disincentivise corruption, taking a specific focus on the role of the EU. He was recently interviewed about his research in Bosnia-Herzegovina in Oslobodjenje.

A Balkan byway to a big land deal

In 1963, the economist Albert O. Hirschman noted that, in Latin America, many believed that progressive change had prerequisites. Reformers tended to insist that progressive change could only be realised by overcoming certain prerequisites, often with foreign donor advice. Revolutionaries had an easy time ridiculing the reformers’ progressive measures, which were “openly and avowedly antagonistic” towards the status quo, arguing that “a basic transformation of existing power relationships is a prerequisite to adopting and enforcing any measure that threatens the interests and privileges of...