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The public administration reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina : a case of a sovereignty paradox?

Milovich, L. (2011) The public administration reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina : a case of a sovereignty paradox?

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Abstract:As Bosnia and Herzegovina has toned its interest towards a European Union membership it has entered a long accession process guided by the European Union. In the process, in which it has been faced with various requirements and conditions as for moving closer to its European future, it has been required to reform its public administration system standing central to this thesis. The involvement of the European Union within the public administration reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been placed under great criticism as it has been claimed to place Bosnia and Herzegovina's own sovereignty at risk - presenting a case of a sovereignty paradox. It is in the aim of this thesis to examine the role of the European Union in Bosnia and Herzegovina and to see how the sovereignty paradox manifests itself in the process of the public administration reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In order to do that a qualitative literature study has been performed in which scientific articles and European Union policy documents have been used as for creating a sufficient background and information on the central concepts to this thesis. The definitions created and the information received have been then taken further to the analysis part in which the relations, actions and future plans in the relationship between the European Union and Bosnia and Herzegovina with regards to the public administration reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been analyzed and discussed. This thesis arrives to the conclusion that the process of the Public Administration Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina indeed does present a case of a sovereignty paradox. The European Union on the one hand engages in Bosnia and Herzegovina's state building activities as it offers its assistance and advice so that it could reconstruct and re-establish it self, but on the other hand it presents a very clear blue- printed behavior as it places its own agenda on the table and expects the public administration reform to meet its own European standards while taking a part in a political game and assuring its place as a great regional power.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/62976
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