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Regime-BuildingDemocratization and International Administration$
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Oisín Tansey

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199561032

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199561032.001.0001

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Democratic Regime‐Building in Bosnia

Democratic Regime‐Building in Bosnia

(p.151) 5 Democratic Regime‐Building in Bosnia

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The exercise of international administration in Bosnia and Herzegovina dates from 1995, when a High Representative of the international community was established to oversee the implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement. This chapter explores the international and domestic interactions in Bosnia, and highlights in detail how the international presence has combined with local forces to shape the country's political transition. The first section of this chapter provides an overview of the Dayton Agreement itself, and outlines the structure of the international mission in Bosnia. Subsequent sections examine international involvement in three key arenas of political transition, and explore the ways in which international authorities in Bosnia have shaped democratic development and contributed heavily to the development and evolution of Bosnia's complex political regime. The result has been a mode of transition in Bosnia that has at times entailed international and domestic cooperation and consensus, but that has also frequently been marked by international imposition in the face of domestic opposition. Democratic regime-building in Bosnia has been a contested process.

Keywords:   High Representative, Dayton Peace Agreement, constituent peoples, Bosniaks, entity constitutions, election law, constitutional change

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