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INFORM Press Releases

Press Releases

A policy book “Meaningful reform in the Western Balkans - Between formal institutions and informal practices” has been published.


The policy book titled “Meaningful reform in the Western Balkans - Between formal institutions and informal practices” was presented by the book editors, prof. Eric Gordy and prof. Adnan Efendic, at the final INFORM conference in Sarajevo.

Researchers deliver broad insights of informal practices in Westrern Balkans.


On Friday, the 8thof February 2019, the final INFORM conference Closing the gap between formal and informal institutions in the Balkanstook place at the Holiday Hotel, in Sarajevo. This conference provided an opportunity for exchange of opinions between the INFORM project team and the EU representatives from Brussels, the EU regional offices, academics, international institutions, policy makers and the general public.

Researchers to western balkan and EU policy – makers: We have to learn from informal institutions.


As Western Balkan countries continue the road to the European Union, policy-makers need to change their perspective on informal institutions. It is crucial to close the gaps between the world as it is described by formal law and the world as it is lived in informal practice. While informality is a global phenomenon, the Western Balkan region is an important site for the study of informality due to the presence of pressures for major reform.

Inform report on the informal life of potiltical parties in the Western Balkan societies is out.


In the Western Balkans, those who seek benefits from political parties have almost six times the odds to being pressured to exchange their vote for money/favors than those who do not seek help. The fact is revealed within the INFORM project survey.