Reform of the Election Legislation of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Achieve Complete Democracy Cover Image

Reforma Izbornog zakonodavstva Bosne i Hercegovine radi ostvarivanja potpune demokracije
Reform of the Election Legislation of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Achieve Complete Democracy

Author(s): Slaven Kovačević
Subject(s): Constitutional Law, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Government/Political systems, Electoral systems, Transformation Period (1990 - 2010), Present Times (2010 - today)
Published by: Akademija Nauka i Umjetnosti Bosne i Hercegovine
Keywords: monarchy; republic; civil rights; rule of law; consociational democracy; European electoral standards; individual civil rights;
Summary/Abstract: Starting from the outcome of the French Revolution of the XVIII century, when there was resistance of citizens to the monarchy as a form of government, or autocratic rulers at the time, which led to the transition to a new form of government - the republic – it created a new framework for democratic rights of all citizens and their participation in decision-making process and the enactment of all laws in their country. After the declaration of independence and the restoration of the statehood of Bosnia and Herzegovina, through a referendum in March 1992, there was a transition from the previous socialist system to the liberal-democratic system, parliamentary character and multi-party system, which makes this country part of democratic countries. The Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was not an expression of the democratic will of the citizens of this country, created a new political system, which in its Anglo-Saxon form left a number of ambiguities, which are still reflected in various areas of socio-political life including the electoral system in the country. In contrast, there are recommendations from 14 key priorities from the European Commission’s Opinion on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s application for membership in the European Union, one of which is the reform of electoral legislation and the establishment of full democracy.

  • Page Range: 147-168
  • Page Count: 22
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Language: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian