Streamlining a tangled web: Towards a truly democratic Bosnia and Herzegovina

29 March 2022
Bosnia and Herzegovina - © Markus Winkler/Unsplash Markus Winkler/Unsplash

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is facing its most serious political crisis since the end of the war in 1995. Due to failed electoral reform negotiations, there is a potential threat that Croat parties might boycott state institutions and block the budget from being passed. This would prevent the 2022 general elections from taking place in October. Amidst the threat of secession by the main Serb parties, this political crisis could lead toward complete institutional erosion and effective dissolution of the state, which has been propped up by international actors for the last 26 years.

Valentino Grbavac

Valentino Grbavac is a PhD Candidate in Politics at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on power-sharing, federalism, and institutional design in deeply divided societies. He earned an MA in Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

Ivan Pepic

Ivan Pepic is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Geneva in Switzerland where he also holds a Master’s degree in European studiesIn his work he focuses on electoral systems and power-sharing democracies in deeply divided societies.


Grbavac, V., & Pepic, I. Streamlining a tangled web: Towards a truly democratic Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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