The public administration system of newly emerging nations and countries are more prone to be homogenized due to the rapid external and internal socio-political uncertainties and changes. The multi-ethnic Kosovo in Europe is one such entity. It is unique due to the fact that, it was governed by the United Nations Multinational Executive Mission that has left a considerable legacy and influence over the central and local government structures. The community safety, as one of the fundamental policies related to the public consultation regarding the safety and security within all communities, has undergone an interesting history since the establishment of the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) (1999). The paper reviews the socio-political and legal processes of institutionalizing the Municipal Community Safety Councils (MCSCs) in Kosovo. The research is mainly based on the isomorphic theories of institutionalization and social legitimacy. It reviews the institutionalization and social acceptance of the MCSCs in the period of UNMIK as an executive mission (1999 to 2008) and Kosovo Government after the proclamation of independence (2008-till present).
Key words: Institutionalization, legitimacy, isomorphism, community safety, municipal community safety council (MCSC).
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