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Democracy, democratic representation, and constitutional logic of ethnic electoral units in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Democracy, democratic representation, and constitutional logic of ethnic electoral units in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Democracy, democratic representation, and constitutional logic of ethnic electoral units in Bosnia-Herzegovina
September 15
07:40 2014

Author: Dr Dražen PEHAR


What is a problem with the election of Željko Komšić as a BiH Presidency member?

As Drazen Pehar explains, the election of Komšić stands in violation of the Dayton Constitution for Bosnia-Herzegovina, in particular of the preamble to the Constitution. Since the BiH Election Law currently in force sanctions the election, the law itself is unconstitutional. As a part of the explanation, Pehar offers a detailed argument in support of the theses that, first, in this part, the election law is actually an effect of a flawed and unpersuasive interpretation of the Dayton Constitution, and, secondly, that the logic of the Constitution plausibly interpreted supports the idea of ethnic electoral units.

The argument is framed as a part of the theory of democracy, and of democratic representation, as an engine of institutionalized and peaceful/discursive conflict-resolving.

The paper is downloadable from

https://www.academia.edu/8307488/Democracy_democratic_representation_and_constitutional_logic_of_ethnic_electoral_units_in_Bosnia-Herzegovina ”

About Author

Dražen Pehar

Dražen Pehar

Dražen Pehar (1967): PhD in politics and international relations from the Keele University (UK) in 2006; in 1997 Masters in Diplomacy from the Mediteranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC), Malta, with summa cum laude. The author of Diplomatic Ambiguity (LAP Lambert Academic, 2011) and many scholarly essays published at home and abroad. Lectured in political science at SSST (Sarajevo) in 2008/9, DIU (Dubrovnik) in 2010, and in diplomacy ('Language and diplomacy') at the DiploFoundation (Geneva, Malta) in 2000/1.

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