Perspectives Southeastern Europe #5: Captured states in the Balkans

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The international community, especially the EU and its member states, seems clumsy and even over-burdened in light of the recklessly proceeding patronage networks in the Balkans: The approach of local ownership which has been propagated for a long while is dangerously ignoring the real balance of power in those countries. How could citizens deal with very diffuse networks, if there are no intact correctives, no free, no independent justice?

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September 2017
Heinrich Böll Foundation Southeastern Europe
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Who captures what?

  • Kidnapped state or state sponsored kidnapping by Žarko Puhovski

Modes and instruments of state capture

  • BiH’s un-reformable public administration – an instrument of state capture by Bodo Weber
  • Dismantling Bosnia and Herzegovina’s fractured authoritarianism by Jasmin Mujanović
  • State capture: how to save the Macedonian democratic consolidation and EU enlargement by Zhidas Daskalovski
  • Judiciary as a mechanism of state capture: external actors, party patronage and informality by Arolda Elbasani
  • Serbia: hijacked and appropriated state by Đorđe Pavićević
  • State capture in the Western Balkans by Leon Runje

Culture and media

  • Ethno-geo-political entrepreneurs and the creation of internal homelands in Bosnia and Herzegovina by Sead Turčalo
  • Impotent media and potent business-political oligarchy by Helena Puljiz
  • Uneducation policy: captured education by Nenad Veličković

Experiences with captured states

  • Successfully maintained obstructions by Zlatko Dizdarević
  • Local captured state – an empirical view by Nives Miošić-Lisjak
  • The story of a party’s attempt to prevent democratic alternation of power by Jovan Bliznakovski
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