Damir Kapidžić

I am an Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. My research looks at processes through which democratic or authoritarian politics are institutionalized in contexts of ethnic conflict, power-sharing and democratic innovations. I focus on countries in Southeast Europe but include comparative perspectives from Southeast Asia, East Africa and the Middle East.
As a consultant I worked on several deliberative mini-public processes and advocate for citizens assemblies in democratic governance. I am a member of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group, a principal investigator of Horizon 2020—Contexts of Extremism in MENA and Balkan Societies, and editor of Illiberal Politics in Southeast Europe (2022, Routledge). 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