The Improvised State: Sovereignty, Performance and Agency in Dayton Bosnia

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The Improvised State provides a highly developed account of the nature and outcomes of Bosnian state practices since the Dayton Peace Agreement. Jeffrey presents new and significant theories, based on extensive fieldwork in Bosnia, which advance understanding of state building.

  • Provides a major contribution to recent academic debates as to the nature of the state after violent conflict, and offers invaluable insights into state building
  • Introduces the idea of state improvisation, where improvisation refers to a process of both performance and resourcefulness
  • Uses the theoretical framework of Pierre Bourdieu to explore how powerful agencies have attempted to present a coherent vision of Bosnia and Herzegovina following the conflict 1992-5
  • Advances our understanding of the Bosnian state by focusing on the practices of statecraft fostered in the post-Dayton era
  • Research based on four periods of residential fieldwork in Bosnia, which allowed a detailed analysis of political practices in the country

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Over the past 15 years, Bosnia and Herzegovina has served as alaboratory of techniques to re-establish state sovereignty andpromote democracy. The post-conflict intervention in Bosnia hasjustifiably received great interest from political theorists andscholars of international relations who have explored thelimitations of the institutions and policies of internationalintervention. This book begins from an alternative premise: ratherthan examining institutions or charting limitations, Jeffrey arguesfor a focus on the performance of state sovereignty in Bosnia as ithas been practiced by a range of actors both within and beyond theBosnian state. In focusing on the state as a process, he arguesthat Bosnian sovereignty is best understood as a series ofimprovisations that have attempted to produce and reproduce astable and unified state. Based on four periods of residentialfieldwork in Bosnia, The Improvised State advancesstate theory through an illumination of the fragile and contingentnature of sovereignty in contemporary Bosnia and its grounding inthe everyday lives of the Bosnian citizen.

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Alex Jeffrey is a University Lecturer in HumanGeography at the University of Cambridge. His research has focusedon the governance of post-conflict environments, particularly theformer Yugoslavia, and the role of non-governmental organizationsin fostering democracy. He is co-author, together with Joe Painter,of Political Geography: An Introduction to Space andPower (2009) and with Anoop Nayak on GeographicalThought: An Introduction to Ideas in HumanGeography (2011). 

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