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Post-War Bosnia: Ethnicity, Inequality and Public Sector Governance

“An informative study of the special challenges of governance, stabilization and European integration in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It will be useful to scholars and policy makers alike.” Sumantra Bose, London School of Economics and Political Science

“Bieber’s exemplary study of Bosnia and Herzegovina...is based on extensive research, in-depth knowledge, and a remarkably balanced view of the achievements and shortcomings of the international overlords. Bieber presents a convincing contribution to the debate on how to turn this experiment in state building into a truly self-sustaining democratic and multi-ethnic Bosnia.” Wolfgang Petritsch, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1999-2002

Ten years after the end of the war in Bosnia, ethnicity continues to matter and the country remains dependent on international intervention. At the same time, the country is making strides to catch up with the European integration process. The Dayton peace accord, signed in 1995, successfully ended the war, but froze the ethnic conflict in one of the most complex systems of government in the world. This book provides an in-depth analysis of governance in this divided post-war country, discussing power sharing, the return of refugees, electoral systems and international efforts at reforming the system of government. International intervention in Bosnia has been the first of a number of interventions in ethnically divided societies, from East Timor and Kosovo, to Afghanistan and Iraq, and can thus provide important lessons.

Historical Legacies
Cleavages and Inequalities in Post-War Bosnia
Governance and Administration in Bosnia
The Record of the Post-Dayton Elections
Addressing Inequality and Reforming Governance in Post-War Bosnia

Florian Bieber is a Senior Non-Resident Research Associate of the European Centre for Minority Issues in Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro, and teaches at the Central European University, Hungary, the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the University of Bologna, Italy. His publications include Serbian Nationalism from the Death of Tito to the Fall of Milosevic.

This book is part of the UNRISD series, Ethnicity, Inequality and Public Sector Governance, which is the first major comparative study on ethnic inequalities in the public. It examines the complex ways ethnic diversity affects the constitution and management of the public sectors of multiethnic societies under formal democratic rule.

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  • Publication and ordering details
  • Pub. Date: 16 Jan 2006
    Pub. Place: Houndmills
    ISBN: 1-4039-9882-5
    Type: Hardback
    From: Palgrave