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The political system of Bosnia and Herzegovina
The political system of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Institutions – actors – processes

Contributor(s): Saša Gavrić (Editor)
Subject(s): Politics, Government/Political systems
Published by: Sarajevo Open Centre
Keywords: political system; BiH; institutions; actors; processes;
Summary/Abstract: As a result of the biggest war in Europe after World War II, the international community imposed a complicated federal structure on Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to create a balance in the inter-ethnic conflict in the country. It was possible to end the war, however the political system that had been established did not unify or solidify the country as a nation, nor did it lay the foundations for real peace and cooperation within the ethnic groups. On the contrary, the present political structure in Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the most complicated systems in the world (and maybe also in history), presenting a multilayer political system that can be governed only if there is a clear will and a decision by the political elites to work together. This will is lacking on all sides, resulting in permanent political blockade even for relatively small matters. It is no secret that this situation and the ensuing lack of progress is obstructing the country’s goal of ultimately joining the European Union. Furthermore, the status quo also exacerbates the risk that Bosnia and Herzegovina will stay behind other countries in their quest to participate in the great peace project called European Union. Additionally, there is no doubt that this situation is hindering the improvement of the living standard for the population as a whole. The prevailing political and economic conditions in Bosnia and Herzegovina prove that there is a need for political reforms.

  • E-ISBN-13: 978-9958-536-11-3
  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-9958-536-11-3
  • Page Count: 120
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • Language: English
INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION
(INTRODUCTION)

INSTITUTIONS

INSTITUTIONS
(INSTITUTIONS)

FEDERALISM

FEDERALISM
(FEDERALISM)

PROCESSES

PROCESSES
(PROCESSES)

ACTORS

ACTORS
(ACTORS)

INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
(INTERNATIONAL POLITICS)

EPILOGUE: FROM DAYTON TO BRUSSELS?

EPILOGUE: FROM DAYTON TO BRUSSELS?
(EPILOGUE: FROM DAYTON TO BRUSSELS?)