USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)

First Advisor

David Carr, Ph.D., Professor of History, College of Arts and Sciences

Second Advisor

William Ruefle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminology, College of Arts and Science

Third Advisor

Joyce Fleming, English, Instructor, College of Arts and Sciences


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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Corruption is evident in all transitioning countries. Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) also struggles with this phenomenon. While in other countries corruption is a small part of the society, corruption in BiH is embedded in all aspects of life. This study examines the causes of corruption and the reasons why citizens of BiH have decided to fight corruption and criminal activity. Bosnia and Herzegovina has a truly astonishing history and people, since it has for centuries been a battle ground for countries wanting to conquer it. Besides that history, the recent civil war in the 1990s also has caused animosity, and therefore BiH became a breeding ground for criminals over whom the state has very little control. The country's human, political and environmental geography have influenced the corruption problem BiH faces. While Bosnia and Herzegovina's history and geography made it possible for corruption to penetrate into Bosnia and Herzegovina, the political system and corrupt politicians have intensified the problem. Little progress has been made against corruption.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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