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

Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna and Kostovicova, Denisa ORCID: 0000-0002-6243-4379 (2013) Europeanisation and conflict networks: private sector development in post-conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina. East European Politics, 29 (2). pp. 19-35. ISSN 2159-9165

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Identification Number: 10.1080/21599165.2012.760452


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
Divisions: European Institute
Conflict and Civil Society
Justice and Security Research Programme
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2012 10:37
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:47

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