Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Committee Member

Kenneth Fernandez

Second Committee Member

David Fott

Number of Pages



Ethno-nationalism continues to be perceived by the international community as the primary source of Bosnia's political instability, and is seen as the leading cause of its stalled democratic consolidation. This thesis explores this premise, and questions whether international policy debates regarding Bosnia's future should continue to be framed in these terms; In-depth exploratory interviews were employed to examine political attitudes within a sample of thirty-one middle class Bosnian citizens. Findings suggest that middle class Bosnians are forming new political attitudes. Perceptions of corruption among Bosnia's middle class may be emerging as a barrier to democratic consolidation. Since a politically engaged middle class has been a vital underpinning of previous democratic transitions, this potential trend of political alienation may be a warning sign for Bosnia's nascent democracy.


Bosnia; Caught; Corruption; Democratization; Hercegovina; Stalled; Undertow

Controlled Subject

Political science

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1.50 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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