Becoming ‘European’ through Police Reform: a Successful Strategy in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Collantes-Celador, G. (2009). Becoming ‘European’ through Police Reform: a Successful Strategy in Bosnia and Herzegovina?. Crime, Law and Social Change, 51(2), pp. 231-242. doi: 10.1007/s10611-008-9157x

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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.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Collantes-Celador, G. (2009). Becoming ‘European’ through Police Reform: a Successful Strategy in Bosnia and Herzegovina?. Crime, Law and Social Change, 51(2), pp. 231-242., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10611-008-9157-x. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of International Politics
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/13771

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