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Centres of government in post-conflict and fragile states: Literature review and case study on the Republic of Liberia

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Written by Leni Wild, Lisa Denney, Alina Rocha Menocal

This literature review sets out some key concepts and practical insights into what shapes the forms and functions of centres of government (CoGs), drawing on a (relatively narrow) body of literature looking at CoGs, while also drawing on a broader literature examining policy processes, political settlements and state-society relations. 

The case study on Liberia attempts to map and assess the policy system in Liberia today, taking into account how it has evolved over time. Grounded on a political economy approach, it also seeks to provide a better understanding of the incentives and disincentives for reform and capacity building in the CoG in Liberia, and draws some lessons and recommendations for donors. The study is based on field work carried out in Liberia in November 2010 over the course of one week to interview key country-based stakeholders, as well as telephone interviews with other stakeholders

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Leni Wild, Lisa Denney, Alina Rocha Menocal, and Kenneth Sigrist