Damir Kapidžić

I am an Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. My research looks at ethnic conflict, political parties and power-sharing. I am particularly interested in formal and informal processes and institutional arrangements through which democratic or authoritarian politics are legitimized. Much of my research looks at countries in Southeast Europe, a.k.a. the Balkans, but also includes comparative perspectives from East Africa and Southeast Asia, applying qualitative and mixed methods approaches. I teach and write in Croatian (Bosnian, Serbian), English and German.

What I Do


Academic books, research articles in peer reviewed journals, popular publications and blog posts on democracy in ethnically divided societies, authoritarianism and illiberal politics, and democratic innovations.


Grants, awards, visiting researcher positions, EU Horizon research projects and European research networks on ethnic power-sharing, institutions and radicalization, and post-conflict societies.


Courses at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level at the University of Sarajevo, seminars and guest lectures at Harvard University, University of Oxford, Science Po Paris, National University of Singapore.


Consultant and expert on democratic innovations, citizens' participation and democratic governance for the Council of Europe, OSCE, the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina.



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Faculty of Political Science, University of Sarajevo

Skenderija 72, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina