Chapter 13: Between partitions and state failure: the ethnic key of polity in the experience of Bosnia-Herzegovina
This chapter explains in detail the implementation of the ethnic key of polity in the experience of post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina. Specific emphasis has been placed on the negative role played by the Western external players while influencing the state-building construction. Moreover, the chapter focuses on the failure of liberal ideas as they suggested an institutional ethnic division of the country, with the hope of avoiding further cultural, institutional and mental fragmentations. The lack of respect for minority rights, the high costs of the administration, and the persistent, conflictual relations among the ethno-national elites all contribute to depressing the popular expectations for a better future, while the institutions increasingly show their ineffectiveness and unpreparedness in adjusting to the EU rules for membership.
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