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Becoming 'European' through police reform: a successful strategy in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

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Collantes Celador, Gemma

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Abstract Police reform plays a key role in Bosnia and Herzegovina's internationally-supervised statebuilding process. It is one of the four key conditions to move the country closer to its European future. Against this background the article analyses the role that the European Union Police Mission (EUPM) plays in preparing Bosnian police agencies for this challenge. Using as guiding tools some of the key elements of the Mission's leitmotif—local ownership, European police standards—the article comes to the conclusion that EUPM has introduced much needed reforms but these have been overshadowed, among other things, by the police restructuring process and its unnecessary politicisation of "European police standards/ practices" to fit a model of statehood not shared by all local stakeholders.
Classification European Politics; Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 231-242
Journal Crime, Law and Social Change, 51 (2008) 2
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)