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Post-Liberal Peace TransitionsBetween Peace Formation and State Formation$
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Oliver P. Richmond and Sandra Pogodda

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474402170

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402170.001.0001

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Bosnia–Herzegovina: Domestic Agency and the Inadequacy of the Liberal Peace

Bosnia–Herzegovina: Domestic Agency and the Inadequacy of the Liberal Peace

(p.47) 2 Bosnia–Herzegovina: Domestic Agency and the Inadequacy of the Liberal Peace
Post-Liberal Peace Transitions

Roberto Belloni

Stefanie Kappler

Jasmin Ramović

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter evaluates the (neo)liberal peace agenda in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the region, arguing that local politics and international intervention continue to be somewhat oppositional. The February 2014 protests have pointed to a range of issues which are not even on the international actors' agendas even though they are related to material and concrete issues across the country. This has thrown into question the Dayton Agreement, the legitimacy of intervention, and local ownership, foregrounding questions relating the objectives of politics and the nature of legitimate authority in Bosnian society as a more autonomous political framework than that imagined by the European Union or foreign donors. One which is not just critical of nationalists in the region and country but also the emancipatory claims of external actors where they do not directly speak to the concerns of the local populations and its many different groups.

Keywords:   Bosnia-Herzegovina, local politics, international intervention, Dayton Agreement, local ownership, Bosnian society, autonomous political framework, nationalists

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