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Europeanisation and conflict networks: private sector development in post-conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna and Kostovicova, Denisa (2013) Europeanisation and conflict networks: private sector development in post-conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina. East European Politics, 29 (2). pp. 19-35. ISSN 2159-9173

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Focusing on conflict legacy, this article contributes to the study of domestic mediating conditions as an explanation of “shallow Europeanisation” in the Western Balkans, defined as a disconnect between European rules and local practices. It critiques the prevalent neo-Weberian understanding of state capacity, which highlights rule-enforcement capability of state institutions, but reduces conflict legacy to a question of resources. The article argues that a relational approach to state capacity which attributes its strength to enduring ties among state and non-state actors better captures the challenge to European Union (EU)-driven domestic transformation in a post-conflict context. A case study of the Hercegovina Holding is used to unravel a Bosnian Croat network originating during the 1992–1995 Bosnian war. The empirical evidence of the network's operation illustrates how key EU benchmarks for private sector development can be undermined, making a case for a more rigorous conceptualisation of conflict legacy as a domestic constraint on the EU's leverage.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit
Research centres and groups > Justice and Security Research Consortium (JSRP)
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2012 10:37

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