Research in Security Sector Reform Policy

The Case of Sierra Leone

  • Andrea Edoardo  Varisco

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Andrea Edoardo Varisco
    Pages 1-34
  3. Theoretical Foundations

  4. Linking Theory to Practice

  5. Synthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Andrea Edoardo Varisco
      Pages 225-237
    3. Andrea Edoardo Varisco
      Pages 239-265
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 267-279

About this book


This book investigates the extent to which research has influenced and interacted with SSR policies, programmes and activities implemented by the UK in conflict-affected Sierra Leone. Varisco uses concepts and notions from the literature on the policy process and research utilisation to explore the ways in which research has influenced UK-led SSR policy. Here, the author analyses the evolution of the network of policy-makers, street-level bureaucrats, and researchers working on SSR in Sierra Leone, and argues that two main variables – an increased stability in the country and a progressive evolution of SSR in policy and research – contributed to the expansion of the policy network over time and to a better use of research by street-level bureaucrats on the ground. This title derives from the Sierra Leone case study a series of recommendations to improve the use of research by international organisations and bilateral donors working in fragile states


State building Policy networks Evidence Security SSR Sierra Leone

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrea Edoardo  Varisco
    • 1
  1. 1.Conflict Armament ResearchLondonUnited Kingdom

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