Post-Conflict Territories and Citizenship: The Case of Bosnia's Brčko District
Posted: 8 Apr 2014
Date Written: March 7, 2014
This paper analyses the politics and constitutional position of the Brčko District, a territory internally disputed between the two self-governing entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The paper shows that the ‘condominium’ logic of territorial arrangement has profound implications for sub-state citizenship. It argues that apart from territorial options and consociational institutional set-up, sub-state citizenship is an important element of conflict management in this case. Though often neglected in the literature, sub-state citizenship could be considered a tool for conflict management, and as this paper argues, as a model of institutional innovation in divided societies.
Keywords: Territorial politics, post-conflict, political rights, citizenship, institutional innovation, Brčko District, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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