Post-conflict reconstruction and the private sector in Iraq

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Abstract

The role of the private sector and, more specifically, external private sector actors, in Iraqi reconstruction represents the implementation of an unabashed neo-liberal model of deregulation and almost unfettered international access to Iraq s economic resources. As such, the Iraqi economy now functions with little state control and is dependent on the actions of foreign investors. Whilst this raises an obvious critique of the role of the private sector in post-conflict reconstruction in terms of local control over economic development, it need not necessarily undermine the rationale for private sector involvement in reconstruction processes. This paper examines the role of the private sector in Iraq in order to highlight how the implementation of this specific model works to the detriment of the economic, social and political well-being of the majority of Iraqi citizens. However, it also contains lessons on what not to do in terms of managing the relationship between political and economic reconstruction and how external private sector involvement can be better managed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNon-State Actors In The Middle East: Factors for Peace and Democracy
EditorsGalia Golan, Walid Salem
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
PublisherRoutledge
Pages210 - 218
Number of pages9
Edition1
ISBN (Print)9780415517041
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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