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The Institutional Prerequisites for Post-Conflict Reconstruction

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  • Christopher Coyne

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A successful post-conflict reconstruction is characterized by a self-sustaining liberal political, economic and social order that does not rely on external support. It is argued that the extent of reconstructed orders is constrained by their institutional prerequisites. These prerequisites—a shared ideology and ethic of individual and private property rights, a commitment to markets and the rule of law—are fundamental. Without these preconditions to serve as a foundation, reconstructed liberal orders will fail to be self-sustaining over time. It is argued that the viability of a shared ideology and ethic, and hence success, is directly dependent on the extent of horizontal ties in the post-conflict country. The main conclusion is that societies lacking adequate horizontal ties will require a high level of continual intervention and reconstruction efforts will have a lower probability of success. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

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Article provided by Springer in its journal The Review of Austrian Economics.

Volume (Year): 18 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 (December)
Pages: 325-342

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Handle: RePEc:kap:revaec:v:18:y:2005:i:3:p:325-342

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Keywords: nation building; post-conflict reconstruction; social capital; social change; state building;

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  1. Art Carden, 2009. "Inputs and institutions as conservative elements," The Review of Austrian Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 22(1), pages 1-19, March.
  2. Paul Aligica, 2007. "Uncertainty, human action and scenarios," The Review of Austrian Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 20(4), pages 293-312, December.
  3. Anthony Carilli & Christopher Coyne & Peter Leeson, 2008. "Government intervention and the structure of social capital," The Review of Austrian Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 21(2), pages 209-218, September.
  4. Christopher Coyne, 2008. "The Politics of Bureaucracy and the failure of post-war reconstruction," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 135(1), pages 11-22, April.
  5. Shaun Hargreaves Heap, 2008. "Social capital and snake oil," The Review of Austrian Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 21(2), pages 199-207, September.

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