Abstract

Abstract:

Sierra Leone recently emerged from a decade of brutal civil war. In 2007, five years after the end of the conflict, Sierra Leone held its most open and fair political contest to date, resulting in a rare ruling party upset. Dissatisfaction with the party’s peacetime management explains the defeat suffered by the SLPP, which made scant progress in addressing corruption, mismanagement, and marginalization. While the vote gives hope that Sierra Leone and similar postconflict countries can regain their democratic footing, the new leadership must address the country’s endemic problems or risk renewed conflict.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 70-83
Launched on MUSE
2008-01-17
Open Access
No
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