High linkage, low leverage and the three competitive authoritarian regimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina: explaining regime durability Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Dick, Patrick Isaac
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • Bosnia has three main political parties. Their perennial electoral success ensures that Bosnian politics are dominated by ethno-nationalist interests, which are antithetical to the liberal democratic Bosnia to which the European Union hopes to give membership someday. Bosnians are also unhappy. Yet their has been little party turnover since the end of the war in 1995. This thesis explores the reasons behind the electoral success of the SDA, HDZ and SNSD. I find that Bosnia's institutional arrangement has created three distinct political blocs, each run by a single party regime. Each regime follows somewhat predictable patterns of illiberal competition and power maintenance. Consequently, the three-bloc political arrangement severely reduces the leverage of Western actors like the EU pushing for liberalization in the country. This indicates that a more effective approach might be to engage each of the bloc-regimes individually in order to liberalize the whole country in the long run.
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  • ... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master's in International Relations and European Governance in the Department of Political Science.
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