The politics of inclusion and exclusion : citizenship and voting rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Title: The politics of inclusion and exclusion : citizenship and voting rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Author: DZANKIC, Jelena
Citation: International peacekeeping, 2015, Vol. 22, No. 5, pp. 526-544
ISSN: 1353-3312; 1743-906X
This article uses the lenses of citizenship to examine the uneven distribution of voting rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). While recognizing the significance of power-sharing in BiH, the article argues that the key obstacle to modifying the politics of inclusion and exclusion through citizenship and the franchise is the static nature of political competition in the country. The intimate relationship between political parties and their ethno-centric agendas on the one hand, and the multi-tiered governance structure on the other, prevents the possibility of reaching an agreement on constitutional reform as it would disrupt the current power balances that favour ethnic elites.
Published online: 27 October 2015
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