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The role of social capital for post-ethnic-conflict reconstruction


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Popova, Z., 2009. The role of social capital for post-ethnic-conflict reconstruction. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Bath.

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    Abstract

    Examining the phenomenon of post-conflict reconstruction, the research challenges the appropriateness of the uniform application of general policies and practices to any particular environment. As a context- and conflict-dependant practice, a post-conflict reconstruction that aims at achieving lasting peace and sustainable development should address specific needs through relevant mechanisms. This is especially relevant for post-ethnic-conflict cases. The thesis argues that post-conflict reconstruction after an ethnic conflict should address as a matter of priority the problems related to the recovery or construction of societal micro-frameworks with respect to the macro-unit in focus. Based on the explored concepts of social capital, a model outlining its specific fragmentation after an ethnic conflict is elaborated and the research discusses the mechanisms that have the potential to contribute to the achievement of planned and desired reconstruction outcomes and levels of success. To test the theory against empirical findings, the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina is examined, as it provides good examples for the negative impact of ethnic conflict on macro and micro socio-political levels and for the discrepancies between expected and achieved results. The reconstruction practice in Bosnia and Herzegovina is considered in the context of policies and programmes designed and implemented by representatives of the international and local community, with a focus on the efforts directed towards social capital rebuilding.

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    Item Type Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
    CreatorsPopova, Z.
    Uncontrolled Keywordssocial capital, bosnia and hezzegovina, ethnic conflicts, post-conflict reconstruction
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Politics Languages and International Studies
    Publisher StatementUnivBath_PhD_2009_Z_Popova.pdf: © The Author
    StatusUnpublished
    ID Code22288

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