THE INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION AND COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE: THE CASE OF NORTH MACEDONIA AND KOSOVO

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Mirlinda Vejseli
Ferdi Kamberi

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Communication is a process and part of human identity without which man could not exist today. Intercultural communication is a form of global communication, which refers to intercultural interactions between different cultures that appear in a social group with different religious, social, ethnic, cultural, and social backgrounds. North Macedonia and Kosovo are considered multicultural states which have ethnic identities within them, which are part of the mosaic and the promotion of intercultural communication is a test of the democratic development of these states. Therefore, this study aims to research and analyze the role of intercultural communication between local communities in both countries, communication of local government with the community, and community participation in public meetings as part of local decision-making. The methodology applied in this paper is the study of literature and the development of quantitative research with local communities. The results show that even though the participation of local communities is low in both countries, due to various factors, intercultural communication has broken down barriers between communities and has influenced the initiatives for the organization and development of the community itself.

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Vejseli, M. ., & Kamberi , F. . (2021). THE INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION AND COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE: THE CASE OF NORTH MACEDONIA AND KOSOVO. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, 7(3), 72-84. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA2137072v
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Mirlinda Vejseli, The University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina” – Prishtina, Kosovo

Mirlinda Vejseli is a PhD candidate at the University of Prishtina. She is an assistant at the University of Tetovo – department of sociology and philosophy. She published several scientific articles with impact factors in international and regional journals. Her research interests include sociology of culture, art, moral and ethical theories.

Ferdi Kamberi , The University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina” – Prishtina, Kosovo

Ferdi Kamberi is a PhD candidate at the University of Prishtina, a member of the Association of Sociologists of Kosovo. He works at the Ministry of the Local Government Administration. Certified in the USAID & AUK - R.I.T program related to Public Policy Development and Leadership and Trainer certified by KIPA & GIZ in the Design and Management of Public Policy of European Integration. He published several scientific articles with impact factors in international and regional journals and author of the books "The Fundamentalism of the Great Monotheistic Religions and Globalism”, 2016 and “The Dilemmas of Transition”, 2019. His research interests include sociology of religion, media, community development and local governance.

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