A Liberal Route from Homogeneity? US Policymakers and the Liberalization of Ethnic Nationalists in Bosnia's Dayton Accords

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Abstract

This article explores how key US policymakers’ understandings of nationalism contributed to core tensions in Bosnia's Dayton Peace Accords. Drawing on in-depth interviews with some of Dayton's key architects, our findings suggest that US elites drew on a cluster of entwined social knowledge claims about (ethnic) nationalism and the possibility of its liberal accommodation. US policymakers’ social knowledge was anchored around two key liberal beliefs: a Millian acknowledgement that territorial homogeneity would facilitate political stability and liberal governability; and a countervailing normative desire to liberalize ethnic nationalisms through the imposition of liberal-legalist frameworks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-186
JournalNationalism and Ethnic Politics
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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