A fresh examination of the political economy of the peacebuilding process in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the aftermath of the country's 1992-95 war.
Little progress has been made in transforming the country's war-shattered economy into a functioning market economy, this new study explains the principal dynamics that have led to this, and places Bosnia's economic transition process within the context of the country's broader post-conflict peacebuilding process. The central argument this book persuasively advances is that much of Bosnia's ongoing economic crisis, and its current reform stalemate, can be explained by exploring the interactions of an inappropriate international model of economic reform with the country's particular post-conflict and post-socialist political economy.
This book is essential for readers who wish to build an understanding of the region and assess its future prospects and hopes.
About the Author
Timothy Donais is Associate Professor of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. He completed his PhD at York University in August 2003. His current research focuses on post-conflict peacebuilding. Between 1996 and 2000, he served in various capacities with the Bosnia Mission of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), most recently as a Sarajevo-based public information officer.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction and Overview 2. The Washington Consensus Meets the Political Economy of Conflict Chapter 3. State-Making the Dayton Way 4. Resistance and Entrenchment - Ethnic Division, Domestic Power Structures, and Economic Reform 5. Business as Usual - International Prescriptions for Bosnia's Economic Transition 6. The Politics of Privatization 7. The Political Economy of Return 8. The Social Dimensions of Peacebuilding and Transition 9. Conclusion