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Legal pluralism in post-conflict Sierra Leone

Pedro Naso (), Erwin Bulte () and Tim Swanson

European Journal of Political Economy, 2020, vol. 61, issue C

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.

Keywords: Legal dualism; Enforcement externalities; Civil war; Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O17 H11 P48 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2019.101819

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