Non-existent states with strange institutions
in Potentials of disorder

This chapter briefly describes the historical genesis of Herceg-Bosna and examines the political structures of Herceg-Bosna prior to the diffusion of political authority. It also examines two aspects of para-state politics to demonstrate the difference between the emerging political authority and organisation and the later state of 'disbanded' political control in Herceg-Bosna. First, the increasing unification and bureaucratisation of control over spontaneously formed military defence units and secondly, the political leadership and the relation of Herceg-Bosna to Croatia. The chapter shows that in the course of its historical evolution, Herceg-Bosna, emerging from the total chaos of the initial phase of the Bosnian war, entered a stage of increasing centralisation of power. It also shows how the international intervention caused the decentralisation of power in the region. The phenomena of power decentralisation need to be connected to the actions of the international community.

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