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Bosnia and Herzegovina: territorial organisation and inter-regional co-operation. Challenging ideologies with strategic planning

English title Bosnia and Herzegovina: territorial organisation and inter-regional co-operation. Challenging ideologies with strategic planning
Applicant Kübler Daniel
Number 110898
Funding scheme SCOPES
Research institution Institut für Politikwissenschaft Universität Zürich
Institution of higher education University of Zurich - ZH
Main discipline Social geography and ecology
Start/End 01.11.2005 - 31.03.2009
Approved amount 60'000.00
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All Disciplines (3)

Social geography and ecology
Political science
Architecture and Social urban science

Keywords (4)

territorial organisation; political collaboration; urban planning; regionalisation

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
Bosnia and Herzegovina is in a very challenging situation. The territorial organisation with the two entities, the Federation and the Republica Srbska, is far from contributing to overcoming ideological and political barriers within the country. The professional and political exchange with the surrounding countries of former Yugoslavia is (to a great extentartificially) kept low-profile. The relation to the EU is as yet mainly marked by the 'foreign governance' of the country, and not by spatial, social and economic coherence.Within the SCOPES 2000-2003 programme, aspects, shortcomings and opportunities of inter-regional co-operation within Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also with the surrounding countries, were tested and evaluated against the background of two specific issues of regional planning and development: the main transport corridors linking to the EU, and the question of city networks and territorial units (project nr.7BIHP65680). One of the most important conclusions was that that it might not be possible to find an optimal regional structure solving all kinds of tasks and ambitions. Instead, an efficient system and basis for inter-regional co-operation could actually be the primary task, allowing for flexibly generating adequate forms of co-operation for different issues. Bearing this in mind, the project has culminated in a final conference bringing together professionals from all space-relevant fields of work (sociology, planning, economy, ecology, political sciences, lawetc.) as well as political representatives, from all countries of former Yugoslavia.The current SCOPES 2005-2008 project is being built upon this strong basis. On the one hand, the impulse induced by the final conference will be picked up and 'institutionalized', establishing a platform of professional and political exchange in the region on the basis of strategic and regional planning tasks. This will challenge and help to overcome the ideologies still strongly determining opportunities in the region. On the other hand, specific issues regarding the territorial organization of Bosnia and Herzegovina will be further developed. In this respect, the aim of the project is to establish principles and criteria for the territorial organization and inter-regional cooperation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. An appropriate territorial organization and inter-regional cooperation would accelerate democratic processes, improve the efficiency of civil services, and prepare grounds for a thorough exercise of civil rights. At the same time, it would speed up the linking of regions and cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina with those in Europe, which means speeding up the entire development of the country. All of this in a time when European cities and regions - more than ever - are at the heart of the dynamics of the continent.
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