Markets, war, and reconfiguration of political authority in Sierra Leone

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This article explores the impact of creditor and African reformer modifications of the 'East Asia model' in economic reform programs in Sierra Leone. It finds that efforts of reformers to impose global market discipline upon Sierra Leone's rulers hastens the collapse of the patron-client networks that characterized much of post-colonial African politics. This article argues that resilient patrimonialism, revenue shortfalls, and creditor demands create incentives for reformers and creditors to rely on export-oriented economic strategies to marginalize powerful interests and to insulate technocratic policymakers from rent-seeking clients. In creditors' eyes, technocrats will be better able to advance policies that promote economic efficiency, if the work within pared down bureaucracies that are immune from rent-seeking pressures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-221
Number of pages19
JournalCanadian Journal of African Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Cultural Studies
  • Development
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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