Three. Producing Bosnia and Herzegovina

  1. Alex Jeffrey

Published Online: 2 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118278789.ch3

The Improvised State

The Improvised State

How to Cite

Jeffrey, A. (2012) Producing Bosnia and Herzegovina, in The Improvised State, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118278789.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 10 OCT 2012

Book Series:

  1. RGS-IBG Book Series

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444336993

Online ISBN: 9781118278789



  • Bosnia/Herzegovina, state improvisations and contradictions/ambiguities;
  • social/spatial practices sustaining labels, and claims to state sovereignty;
  • claims to legitimacy, policy makers' claiming ground in historical narratives;
  • the rise and fall of Yugoslavia, shaping up as a just outcome to the violence;
  • differing performances of state sovereignty in Yugoslavia, and in BiH;
  • critical perspective on history of conflict in BiH, deconstructing spatial registers;
  • BiH through three geopolitical, the fault line, the barrier and the vortex;
  • The ‘Balkan vortex’ not a passive backdrop, but an enactment of deviance;
  • Balkanist representations of deviance, supporting a range of policy positions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Fault Line

  • Barrier

  • The Balkan Vortex

  • The General Framework Agreement for Peace

  • Conclusion