Republic of Srpska

The Art of Political Crisis: Can we Compare Belgium and Bosnia?

Eldar Sarajlic
Bosnia and Belgium

The recent political crises in Belgium and Bosnia and Herzegovina have made this comparison particularly apposite. Both countries have broken the existing records for the time it took their political elites to form a government after the general elections. The Belgian elections took place in June 2010; the government was formed in early December 2011. The Bosnian elections took place in October 2010; the government was formed only in late December 2011. However, both countries have gone through a serious political crisis that at times threatened the stability of their respective political systems. Scenarios of dissolution for both countries became more than hypothetical models.

Since Bosnia and Herzegovina’s creation as a consociational state in 1995, the parallels between it and Belgium have been striking.

Bosnia: Complex Citizenship in a Complex Country

Eldar Sarajlić
A view of Sarajevo

Today’s Bosnia and Herzegovina has a complex citizenship regime. It emerged as a response to instability at a particular point in the country’s history, which then became established as the dominant pattern of political interaction.  

This is an extended summary of a longer paper that was originally published in the CITSEE Working Paper Series and is available for download here.

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