Books and edited volumes

Anastasakis, Othon/Bennett, Adam/Madden, David/Merdzanovic, Adis (eds): The Legacy of Yugoslavia. Politics, Economics and Society in the Modern Balkans.
Includes chapter by Merdzanovic, Adis: “Liberalism in Yugoslavia: Before and after the disintegration“.


Merdzanovic, Adis (2015): Democracy by Decree. Prospects and Limits of Imposed Consociational Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Stuttgart: ibidem.

“The introduction of consociational power sharing as a post-war political system has become one of the international community’s preferred post-conflict devices. In
Cover.pngsituations where warring polities are internally divided by ethnic, religious, linguistic, or national identity, consociationalism guarantees the inclusion of all groups in the political process and prevents a ‘tyranny’ of the majority over one or more minorities. However, if international actors keep intervening in the political process, the advantages of consociationalism are turned upside down. In this exceptional book, Adis Merdzanovic develops a theoretical and empirical approach to understanding consociational democracies that include external intervention. Using the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the consociational Dayton Peace Agreement ended the three-year war between Serbs, Croats, and Bosniaks twenty years ago, it elaborates on the different approaches used in the past and gives practical recommendations for future state-building exercises by the international community.”

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Articles and book chapters


Merdzanovic, Adis (2019): “A Sustainable European Integration Policy for the Western Balkans? Testing Five Common Assumptions”, in: Müller-Färbe, Thomas, and Tobias Flessenkemper (eds.): Western Balkans Back in Focus: How to Shape Europe’s Reengagement with a Region in Crisis? Rehburg-Loccum: Loccumer Protokolle Vol. 28/2018: 9-25. [English translation of the text for Südosteuopa Mitteilungen 03(2018)]

Merdzanovic, Adis (2018): “From International Statebuilding to Domestic Political Clientelism: The Failures of Postwar Liberalization in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, in Solska, Magdalena/Bieber, Florian/Taleski, Dane (eds): Illiberal and Authoritarian Tendencies in Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe. Bern: Peter Lang. 225-243. [Link]

Merdzanovic, Adis (2018): “Eine nachhaltige europäische Integrationspolitik für den Westbalkan? Fünf gängige Annahmen auf dem Prüfstand”, Südosteuropa Mitteilungen 03(2018): 63-75. Link.

Merdzanovic, Adis (2017): “Imposed Consociationalism: External intervention and power sharing in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, Peacebuilding 5(1), 22-35. Link.


Book reviews

Merdzanovic, Adis (2015): Book review of “Power-sharing Executives: Governing in Bosnia, Macedonia, and Northern Ireland” by Joanne McEvoy, Nationalities Papers 43(5): 810-812.

Merdzanovic, Adis (2014): Book Review of “Power Sharing in Deeply Divided Places” by Joanne McEvoy and Brendan O’Leary (Eds.), Swiss Political Science Review 20(3), 511-514.


Opinion pieces and analyses for media outlets, think tanks, and academic blogs


Anastasakis, Othon/Merdzanovic, Adis (2018): “Britain’s role in the Balkans – why Boris Johnson is about to turn pro-EU”, Analysis/Comment for The Conversation, accessible online: Link. [published 19 March 2018]

Hronesova, Jessie/Merdzanovic, Adis/Nicolaidis, Kalypso (2016): “Bosnia and Herzegovina: Limping on: time for a new approach”, Comment for European Council of Foreign Relations; accessible online: Link  [published 29 January 2016].

Hronesova, Jessie/Merdzanovic, Adis (2015): “There is little justification for the Commission’s optimism”, as part of LSE’s European Politics and Policy Blog: “Experts react: EU Progress Reports 2015” accessible online: Link. [published 17 November 2015].

Merdzanovic, Adis (2015): “Bosnia and Herzegovina in peril once again”, Essay on the referendum in Republika Srpska and the powers of the High Representative for openDemocracy, accessible online: Link.  [published 30 September 2015].

Merdzanovic, Adis (2014): “Bosnia: A new opportunity for getting closer to the EU?”, Essay for The EUobserver, accessible online: Link. [published 4 December 2014].