Citizen Plenums in Bosnia Protests: Creating a Post-Ethnic Identity
This chapter analyzes protester demands, strategies and new forms of participation during the Bosnian protests in 2013 and 2014. While protesters started with simple demands for socio-economic policy reforms, over time they took to the streets to fight corruption, inequality, and incompetence of the political elite. The protests led to the creation of the Citizen Plenums, which constitute Bosnia’s unique experience of direct decision-making mechanisms at the local level. It is this common protest agenda and new participatory institutions that contribute today to the unification of the ethnically divided Bosnian society.