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Liberalization and conflict

Keen, David (2005) Liberalization and conflict. International Political Science Review, 26 (1). pp. 73-89. ISSN 0192-5121

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0192512105047897


Externally encouraged policies of liberalization in Sierra Leone in the 1970s and 1980s fed into civil war in the 1990s; yet such policies are now being revived. This article analyzes the impact of liberalization on the war in Sierra Leone, suggesting that it affected the conflict in four ways: first, by encouraging inflation, extreme devaluation, and private oligopolies; second, by reducing key state services such as education and health; third, by fueling corruption as real state salaries were cut; and fourth, by taking attention away from soldiers’ abuses under the military government of 1992–96, a government that was praised and rewarded for its liberalization agenda.

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Additional Information: © 2005 SAGE Publications Ltd
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
JEL classification: L - Industrial Organization > L3 - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise > L33 - Comparison of Public and Private Enterprises; Privatization; Contracting Out
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2008 09:37
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2024 03:48

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