Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96283
Authors: 
Onoma, Ato Kwamena
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2014/012
Abstract: 
Why are some countries more successful at carrying out post-conflict reconstruction programmes than others? Why has Sierra Leone been more successful in the reform of its armed forces than Liberia has after the end of the Mano River Basin wars? This paper argues that the diverging outcomes are explained by the extent to which post-conflict regimes reflected the distribution of power on the ground in the two countries. Sierra Leone's transition regime reflected the distribution of power between forces on the ground and led to a consultative process that resulted in a moderate reform programme. But the earlier input of key local actors made implementation less difficult. In Liberia the transition regime was built on a repudiation of local power realities. This led to a non-consultative process that resulted in a very radical reform programme. But this lack of consultation has severely compromised the implementation of the reforms.
Subjects: 
security sector reform
institutional reform
peace building
peace transitions
Sierra Leona
Liberia
JEL: 
F35
H7
N4
O2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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