What has justice got to do with it? Gender and the political economy of post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Lai, D. What has justice got to do with it? Gender and the political economy of post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina. Review of International Political Economy.
AuthorsLai, D.
Abstract

While International Financial Institutions (IFIs) play an increasingly relevant role in post-war countries, the interplay between their interventions and other aspects of post-conflict transitions, such as those related to dealing with the consequences of wartime violence, has not received much attention in the literature. This paper tackles this gap and suggests that, in post-conflict contexts, gendered forms of socioeconomic violence and injustice can be perpetuated through economic reforms led by IFIs. Overlooking justice considerations in post-war economic reforms not only reflects and reinforces a limited understanding of wartime violence and justice issues, but also entrenches gendered forms of socioeconomic injustice that had their roots in the war. A feminist approach to the study of political economy encompassing both gender and socioeconomic justice is adopted here to show how complex and overlapping forms of injustice are supported by wartime and post-war political-economic power structures. To illustrate how and why justice considerations are important for post-war economic reforms, the paper looks at the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and analyses the rationale and gendered effects of economic reforms that reorganized welfare and jobs, and promoted privatisations that accelerated deindustrialisation and economic decline.

JournalReview of International Political Economy
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN0969 2290
Publication process dates
Accepted04 Oct 2019
Deposited09 Oct 2019
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CC BY 4.0
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