Dr Adis Merdzanovic

Dr Adis Merdzanovic

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Dr Adis Merdzanovic is a Junior Research Fellow at St Antony’s College, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Before coming to Oxford, he was a Swiss Scholars at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

In 2014, Dr Merdzanovic successfully defended his PhD thesis in political science dedicated to international engagement in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where he was also co-teaching a course on the European Union’s accession and neighbourhood policy. His research focuses on constitutional and political order in divided post-conflict societies using the perspective of political theory. At St Antony’s he is working on a project dealing with the state of political liberalism in the Western Balkans (concretely in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Croatia) and the region’s prospects for European Union accession.

Based on his PhD thesis, his monograph ‘Democracy by Decree. Prospects and Limits of Imposed Consociational Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina’ (ibidem, 2015) discusses the effects of constant external imposition in a post-war political system based on the principle of power sharing. It especially focuses on the interaction between external actors and domestic decision makers.