Conceptualizing Citizenship Regime(s) in Post-Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina

Eldar Sarajlic

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This paper examines the complex citizenship regime in contemporary Bosnia and Herzegovina, its historical origin and social implications. It argues that the Bosnian citizenship regime, established in Dayton in 1995, actually implies existence of a plurality of regimes and conceptions of citizenship in this country, which frames political outcomes and affects the status of human rights. This paper provides an analysis of the legal structure of Bosnian citizenship, its bifurcated nature and corresponding political effects. It also analyses different visions and conceptions of citizenship and examines their relation to country's ethnic politics. In addition, this paper looks at not only Bosnian citizenship through the prism of post-conflict arrangements, but also regional influences and policies that determine citizenship's various dimensions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-81
JournalCitizenship Studies
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012


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