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Crisis Governance in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia

The Study of Floods in 2014

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Edited By Vedran Džihić and Magdalena Solska

This comparative study at hand has been the result of a two-year research project on floods in 2014 in the Western Balkans engaging eight research teams from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia. Representing quite different disciplines, the authors of this volume have analysed diverse aspects of the crisis governance and its ramifications. This publication’s goals are twofold. Firstly, it pins down the characteristics of the crisis responses during the floods of 2014 in three affected countries, preconditioned by the existing institutions, crisis leadership, the role of media and the social capital as well as the foreign financial aid. On the other hand, through the lenses of the crisis governance we conclude on the state capacities and the nature of political regime of the cases under study. The flood megacrisis did not constitute a "window of opportunity" for individual or institutional learning. On the contrary, it did unveil some authoritarian tendencies in Serbia and Bosnia, and thus stalled the hitherto ongoing democratization process.

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Bojana Barlovac is a PhD candidate at Belgrade University’s Faculty of Political Science (Media and Culture Department). Her fields of interest include: mediatization of politics, media and crisis, and gender and media. She has been involved in a series of media projects as a researcher or consultant. Previously, she worked as Serbia country editor and regional associate editor for BIRN’s flagship web site Balkan Insight. She also spent a year as a visiting scholar at the University of Tennessee in the United States, where she focused on gender studies and media. She was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and lives there.

Gordan Bosanac is a chief analyst at the Centre for Peace Studies in Zagreb, Croatia. After graduating at Faculty of Physics, University of Zagreb, he completed a nonformal peace studies programme organized by the Centre for Peace Studies. In 2004, he obtained an MA degree in human rights, graduating at University School of London, School of Public Policy. Mr Bosanac’s areas of expertise include: public policies and advocacy, human rights policies, security, development cooperation, combating discrimination and hate crimes and the development of civil society. Mr Bosanac teaches Human Security at Peace Studies in Zagreb.

Vedran Džihić, PhD, is currently a senior researcher at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs, co-director of the Center for Advanced Studies, South East Europe and senior lecturer at the Institute for Political Sciences, University of Vienna. He has been Austrian Marshall Plan Fellow and is nonresident Fellow...

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