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Bosnian Elections and Recurring Ethnonationalisms : The Ghost of the Nation state

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Author(s): Eldar Sarajlić

Journal: Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe
ISSN 1617-5247

Volume: 9;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 66;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Bosnia Herzegovina | nation state | elections | ethnonationalism

ABSTRACT
It is argued that one of the causes of recurring ethnonationalisms in post-Dayton elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the underlying logic that also manifests itself at the level of analysis: the logic of the nation state. This logic helps to explain not only the ethnic quality of Bosnian political outcomes and corresponding disintegrative tendencies, but also the failure to conceive of a viable normative alternative to the country's political malaise.

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