“Democracy” without a Demos? The Bosnian Constitutional Experiment and the Intentional Construction of Nonfunctioning States

  title={“Democracy” without a Demos? The Bosnian Constitutional Experiment and the Intentional Construction of Nonfunctioning States},
  author={Robert M. Hayden},
  journal={East European Politics and Societies},
  pages={226 - 259}
  • R. Hayden
  • Published 1 May 2005
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • East European Politics and Societies
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