Electoral Legislation in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Problems, Needs and Opportunities Cover Image

Izborno zakonodavstvo u Bosni i Hercegovini: problemi, potrebe i mogućnosti
Electoral Legislation in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Problems, Needs and Opportunities

Author(s): Elvis Fejzić
Subject(s): Constitutional Law, Civil Society, Government/Political systems, Electoral systems, Transformation Period (1990 - 2010), Present Times (2010 - today)
Published by: Akademija Nauka i Umjetnosti Bosne i Hercegovine
Keywords: elections; legislation; electoral system; political institutions; political parties; citizens; government; political representation;
Summary/Abstract: In pluralistic regimes of government, citizens should always be provided with the opportunity to participate in various ways in the public sphere. Also, the interests of citizens should always be represented without hindrance in political practice of modern democracies, in accordance with the rules of political equality and people’s sovereignty, which is why other identity groups should not have priority in representing their political interests, because democracy is necessarily based on voting competence of individuals. However, in the practical politics of transitional democracies, a democratic paradox often occurs, and such a practice is present in Bosnia and Herzegovina, so collectivist groups, such as ethnic communities in multinational states, have a privileged status in electoral legislation and political representation. Such a conception of politics is not compatible with the fundamental principles of pluralistic democracy, which is why it is necessary to look for more efficient political solutions that will be able to ensure political integrity for citizens.

  • Page Range: 121-134
  • Page Count: 14
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Language: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian