Politics, development and the instrumentalisation of (de)centralisation in Sierra Leone

Felix Marco Conteh
2017 Review of African Political Economy  
The politics of decentralization reforms in Sierra Leone are both unpredictable and instructive. This article based on fieldwork and secondary data, analyses party politics within the context of decentralization, arguing that the imperatives of post-war decentralization are not necessarily embedded in technical considerations, but in processes of political compromise and accommodation. Decentralization has helped facilitate the re-emergence of the old political order, in that the country's main
more » ... the country's main political parties have secured a consensus through which they have reconfigured the post-war state. This framing is useful in understanding the political economy in which fragility and political compromise continue to co-exist.
doi:10.1080/03056244.2016.1267618 fatcat:mwdfnbmqrnc3lply6r5rlw3pza