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Title: Means and ends in democratic statebuilding: exploring the significance of international implementation performance in Bosnia and Herzegovina's democratic political development
Author: Evenson , Kristie D.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5352 5847
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2014
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This research adds to the understanding of how international means affect ends in the so-called political development phase of post-conflict democratic statebuilding. Through examining the role that implementation performance plays in Bosnia and Herzegovina's democratic political development outcomes across a variety of policy areas, the study maps out ways that performance factors appear to have significance on this sensitive phase of intervention. Drawing primarily on statebuilding and policy evaluation literature, the study identifies through key informant interviews how international performance in three broad implementation factors is linked to a variety of mid-level policy area efforts as part of the political development phase of democratic statebuilding in Bosnia. These are further detailed and corroborated by case studies of two of the policy areas where mapping showed particularly negative (police reform) and positive (auditing institution development) linkages. Implementation that is examined through a democratic governance lens, coherence and coordination lens, and conditionallity lens highlight a dozen ways that these three performance factors appear to affect outcomes for Bosnia and suggest that such linkages hold some explanatory significance when applied to other statebuilding efforts. Many of these linkages confirm current understanding of how these performance factors appear to affect outcomes in that positive performance is linked to having a positive effect on outcomes. The Bosnia research also illustrates the fallout from mixed and poor performance implementation. In the process it provokes a few questions that challenge and add to the understanding of how such implementation factors appear to work in the different policy areas. Overall findings offer policy guidance for considering how to more consistently focus implementation efforts on these particular positive manners of implementation or in the case of poor performance as a warning for how to avoid certain implementation performance traps. They also offer up considerations on the need to design evaluation practices to capture and track these processes.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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