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Rebuilding War-Torn StatesThe Challenge of Post-Conflict Economic Reconstruction$
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Graciana del Castillo

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199237739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237739.001.0001

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Basic institutional framework

Basic institutional framework

(p.239) 12 Basic institutional framework
Rebuilding War-Torn States

Graciana del Castillo

Oxford University Press

The book provides plenty of evidence that many of the problems in implementing effective post-conflict economic reconstruction have to do with poor institutional arrangements and weak institutions. Policymakers cannot be effective without an appropriate institutional framework to support their policies and programs. Designing and staffing the appropriate institutions is particularly difficult in the post-conflict context where governments have to carry out ‘extra activities’, in the presence of a larger and more diverse group of actors. This chapter discusses the basic institutions and the coordination mechanisms that are essential for effective reconstruction. Some countries will need to build institutions from scratch but most will need to modernize and adapt existing ones. Many countries coming out of statist policies and over-regulated systems may want to move towards ‘market-based policymaking’ and will need institutions to support this change. Heavy doses of training and capacity building will be necessary to provide the institutions with capable professionals.

Keywords:   institutional arrangements, institutional framework, institutions, policies, peace-related programs, reconstruction actors, statist policies, market-based policymaking, training, capacity building

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