Police Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina: State, Democracy and International Assistance

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As a starting point, this article takes the assertion by Clifford Shearing that there is a lack of synchronisation between patterns of policing in established democracies and the international policing assistance programmes they pursue. This provides a background against which to examine concrete examples of multilateral (UN and EU) and bilateral (UK) assistance to post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina. The discussion of these programmes is set in the context of ongoing debates on democratic policing, and explores the problems and needs experienced in policing post-war and post-socialist Bosnia and Herzegovina. International responses to these problems and needs are examined, and a mixed picture emerges in which multilateral assistance schemes appear to suggest that Shearing’s concerns remain pertinent ten years on, while bilateral assistance from the UK suggests that there are circumstances in which international policing assistance escapes the framework of the state and recognises the importance of non-state participants in security provision.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-343
Number of pages23
JournalPolicing and Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • State
  • Democratisation
  • Police
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina


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