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Title: Transitional justice as redistribution : socioeconomic (in)justice and the limits of international intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Author: Lai, Daniela
ISNI:       0000 0004 8499 4275
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2017
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Whether socioeconomic justice belongs within the transitional justice framework is still a matter of contention. The thesis responds to the conceptual challenges and empirical indeterminacy of these debates by addressing the following questions: what is the role of socioeconomic justice and injustice in war and transition, and how do post-war societies deal with socioeconomic injustice? Understanding socioeconomic justice as redistribution, and looking at post-war justice as a contested concept and social practice shaped by the intervention of international forces, the thesis analyses socioeconomic injustice and justice claims from the perspective of local communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a particular focus on Prijedor and Zenica. The thesis advances a threefold argument. Firstly, it shows that experiences of injustice rooted in the political economy were common during the war and continued during the transition process, and that they went beyond interethnic violence. In the eyes of local communities, their perception was also aggravated by the contrast with their memories of the socialist past, which in turn also shaped their conceptions of justice and justice claims. Secondly, the international intervention in post-war Bosnia acknowledged experiences of injustice selectively - with varying effects in Prijedor and Zenica - and was limited by a narrow understanding of socioeconomic justice as reparation, as well as by the priorities driving economic reforms. Emerging conceptions of justice and justice claims were thus more transformative, forward-looking, and external to the transitional justice framework in Zenica compared to Prijedor. Lastly, the thesis shows that social mobilisation for redistribution, as witnessed in the 2014 protests, can be interpreted as resulting from persisting and unaddressed socioeconomic grievances, and as further exemplifying the limitations of the international intervention.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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