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Institute for Social and Political Research (IDPI) is an politically independent centre for advancement and development of the expertise at the field of state organisation and governance. Office of the Institute is in Mostar, and it is established at the end of 2013. IDPI is paying a special attention to the issues relevant for Bosnia and Herzegovina and preservation of its multicultural and multiethnic features.

IDPI is developing, applying and enhancing the ideas and models for establishing the strong democratic relation between the state institutions and society with all its constitutive groups. IDPI is using good international practices and sources at the field of key challenges surfacing contemporary states, with special focus on organisational system, governance and policies of the European Union. IDPI is analysing the socially relevant problems of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in accordance with the principles of legitimacy and with full acceptancy of the country’s social diversity. Consequently, the activities of the Institute are equally guided by the principles of the protection of both individual and collective rights, including the rights of ethnic minorities.



Institute is conducting the wide scope of activities, including scientific research, consulting, policy analyses and recommendations dedicated to the particular topics at the field of public institutions’ functioning and coordination. Special attention is paid to the applied empirically-based research, results of which are contributing to the good governance. In accordance with the fact that Bosnia and Herzegovina obviously needs the public affirmation of the ideas of federalism, decentralisation and conflict management, one of the main IDPI’s features is the approach towards those issues from affirmative international comparative prospective, with the main goal to improve the social and political relations and structures in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Except research of the basic principles of federalism and decentralisation and their role in the conflict resolution, IDPI’s goal is also offering to the expert and wider public the insight into the relevant and recent contemporary practices in the field of federalist models’ application aimed at resolving the conflicts and at the post-conflict stabilisation of the states and societies. Such approach is chosen because the contemporary world is surfaced with numerous violent conflicts, most of them within the particular state’s borders, and with 2/3 of them without the clear winner and with some form of international mediation. Those facts and existence of federalism and decentralisation as the powerful tools for achieving and long-term preservation of the peace motivated IDPI to strategically direct its interests to the issues of federalism, decentralisation and post-conflict governance. IDPI is deeply devoted to the extraordinary conceptual, theoretical and practical importance of federalism as the organisational conception highly relevant for providing the efficient responses to numerous challenges of the social and political reality in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

IDPI is active in the following specific areas:

  • Theory and Practice of Federalism
  • Conflict Prevention, Conflict Management and Conflict Resolution
  • Protection of the Minorities
  • Europeanisation/Globalisation
  • Government and Governance Models
  • Public Administration
  • Horizontal/vertical cooperation and coordination
  • Cross-Border Cooperation
  • Resources Management

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