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Record number 555477
Title Legal pluralism in post-conflict Sierra Leone
Author(s) Naso, Pedro; Bulte, Erwin; Swanson, Tim
Source European Journal of Political Economy (2019). - ISSN 0176-2680
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2019.101819
Department(s) WASS
Development Economics
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Keyword(s) Africa - Civil war - Enforcement externalities - Legal dualism
Abstract

We examine the interaction between two legal systems in post-conflict Sierra Leone. To do that, we measure the impact of competition between state and non-state legal authorities on the number of disputes and on the amount of fines charged per dispute. Our results suggest a potential negative externality between regimes for civil disputes that is, an increase in the cost of apprehending a person and a reduction in the amount of fines per dispute collected when two regimes operate in the same village. This indicates that a potential benefit to the local people from multiple competing regimes is a reduction on expected authoritative expropriation.

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