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The telecommunications policy process in post-conflict developing countries: the case of Liberia


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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop an understanding of the telecommunications policyprocess in immediate post-conflict countries and how that process differs from traditional settings.Design-methodology-approach – The authors consider the case of Liberia, a country that recentlyemerged from a protracted civil war. The authors focus on the Liberian Telecommunications Act of 2007and the processes through which this act came about by applying a modified research framework. Thisframework identifies several factors in the literature that are posited to influence the policymakingprocess in developing countries. The authors also include other factors based on previous studies inpost-conflict countries. The aim is to test the usefulness of this framework using the 2007 act. Theauthors apply it through the use of interviews with key actors in the government, industry, andinternational agencies. This was supplemented by secondary data from published reports and othersources.Findings – From the framework the authors identify the main factors influencing the telecoms policymaking process in Liberia such as a weak and nascent institutional environment, intra-governmentalcompetition, limited human and technical resources, the supportive especially initially role of theinternational actors such as the World Bank, and the dominance of elite groups in decision-making. Theauthors then make suggestions on overcoming some of existing challenges to the sector.Originality-value – This paper looks at the intersection of research in telecommunications policy, policyprocesses and post-conflict countries, an area in which there is currently very little work. The resultsindicate that several dimensions of the framework are germane to the post-conflict case and that someof these observations are also relevant to the future development of telecommunications in thesecountries.



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Autor: Best, Michael L. - Thakur, Dhanaraj - -

Fuente: https://smartech.gatech.edu/







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