Dr. Bernard Nikaj

From no-government to e-government

Year: 2017

Friso den Hertog & Antonio Cordella


In the last two decades the creation of new states and state-building in post-conflict situations has been in the focus of both policy-making and academic research. Various factors have been deemed to play an important role in the success and failure of state-building tasks. One of the most omitted actors in the process of state-building has been ICT. This thesis looks at the issue of building modern state administrations in post-conflict countries, with particular focus on the role of ICTs in aiding these administrations. In order to achieve its aim, this thesis presents the case of Case Management Information System (CMIS) and its implementation in the justice sector of Kosovo. Through tracking the process of conception, implementation and development of the CMIS and the interplay of different actors involved, this thesis will argue that ICTs are not just an enabling factor, but a rather active actor in building and defining the nature of the institutions in which they operate.

Selected publications by Bernard Nikaj

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Laar, Mindel van de & Bernard Nikaj, 2011, `, dual focus blog, More information

Book chapters
Nikaj, Bernard, 2013, The Case of Kosovo, in: Mojmir Mrak, Robert Bauchmuller, Paul McLure (Eds), Fiscal Impact Assessment of Structural Reforms, Case Studies in South Eastern Europe, Center for Exellence in Finance, Lubljana

Research reports
Nikaj, Bernard & Leon Malazogu, 2016, Incentives for accountability and performance in Higher Education, Research Paper, Governance and Public Interest Series, D4D Institute, Prishtina, Kosovo, More information
Ilazi, Besim & Bernard Nikaj, 2010, Internet and e-governance in Kosovo, e-Governance and ICT Usage Report for South East Europe, 2nd Edition. United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Sarajevo, 110-116

Conference contributions
Nikaj, Bernard, 2015, Building functioning Rule of Law institutions through Information and Communication Technology: Lessons from Kosovo, Conference Paper, Social, Political & Economic Change in the Western Balkans, RRPP Western Balkans, Ohrid, Macedonia, 2015, More information
Nikaj, Bernard, 2009, Open Source: Why people do it?, Conference Paper, Software Freedom Kosova – 1st International Conference on Open Source, Prishtina
Dagres, Hristos, Bernard Nikaj, Michael Weinhara & et al., 2004, Implementing Health Information Systems in Transition Countries: Our experience in Kosovo, Conference Paper, International Health Information Systems Conference, Samos, Greece

Nikaj, Bernard, 2017, From no-government to e-government, PhD dissertation Maastricht University / United Nations University, More information

Other (editorship, media appearance, keynote, etc.)
Nikaj, Bernard, 2016, You See!, Platform for social innovations in youth employment, More information
Nikaj, Bernard, 2014, The Horizon, nr. 21, Bi-Annual Publication of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo, Op-Ed
Nikaj, Bernard, 2013, The Kosovo Banker, nr. 04, Publication of Banking Association in Kosovo, Op-Ed
Nikaj, Bernard, 2011, The Horizon, nr. 16, Bi-Annual Publication of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo