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Diasporas have become significant role players in the democratic
lives of their countries of origin. Such dynamic is particularly evident in the
South East European context, a region characterised in contemporary history by
massive movement, displacement and outflow of populations. This article aims
at exploring the dichotomies that the diasporas’ political, economic and cultural
involvement in the homeland present, including the discourse over its positive
and negative features, hence tackling the issue of its potential to give rise to
controversy. In fact, in addition to exerting a pro-active role for the democratic
and socio-economic development of their home countries, diaspora communities
may also embrace antagonistic approaches, countering certain transformation
processes, state-building agendas or favouring one elite rule over another.
Through a set of cases from the South East European context, the research
addresses the regional, therefore global, question of how diaspora groups
transnationally participate in the life of their home states, what their objectives
are and how they may hinder democratisation processes, acting as incubators or
accelerators of – potentially violent – change.