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The civil war in Sierra Leone (1991-2002) killed hundreds of thousands of people and left Sierra Leone devastated economically. By examining the political economy of Sierra Leone, this book studies the causes of the civil war and offers economic solutions on how to prevent a future outbreak of violence. Significantly, the book takes on several controversial issues which many scholars tend to shy away from, including: ethnic rivalry, corruption, smuggling, drug trafficking, and most importantly the influence of political parties upon socio-economic policymaking. The book is of interest to graduate and undergraduate students interested in politics and economic development in Sierra Leone since its independence in 1961.


“Chapter by chapter, Dr. Kargbo methodically goes through the most important perspectives impacting the economy of Sierra Leone. As the basis for a course on case studies, or a development text, this book has much to offer.” – Prof. David M. Henneberry, Oklahoma State University

“… an original book that synthesizes historical and socio-political aspects of growth , political instability, corruption, economic instability, economic structure and micro/macroeconomic trends as well as policy designs with applied econometrics and different statistical forecasting methods is very welcome.” – Prof. Augustine Chuck Arize, Texas A & M University

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. David M. Henneberry


Volume I

Chapter 1 Introduction

Part I: Historical and Socio-Political Dimension of Development

Chapter 2 Sierra Leone and Its Neighbors

Chapter 3 Political Instability and Economic Performance

Chapter 4 Corruption

Chapter 5 Politics, Ethnicity and Leadership in Sierra Leone: The Way Forward

Volume II

Part II: Integrating Socio-Politics and Micro- and Macroeconomic Dimensions in the Recovery Process

Chapter 6 Mining

Chapter 7 Agricultural Policy

Chapter 8 Agriculture in the Macroeconomy

Chapter 9 Agricultural Linkages and Economic Growth

Chapter 10 Food Prices and Nutrition

Chapter 11 International Trade

Chapter 12 Foreign Aid

Chapter 13 Education for Development

Part III: Post-War Policy Making to Meet Challenges of the 21st Century

Chapter 14 Exchange Rate Behavior, Competitiveness and Policy Issues

Chapter 15 Inflation and Monetary Policy

Chapter 16 Macroeconomic Forecasting

Chapter 17 Summary and Concluding Comments with Policy Implications


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