Culture, Common Knowledge and Post-Conflict Reconstruction.

Christopher Coyne  (1)
(1) Department of Economics Hampden-Sydney College, Australia, Australia


Post-conflict reconstruction is one of the most relevant policy issues in the world today. It is argued that widespread coordination characterizes a successful reconstruction. Critical to this outcome is common knowledge among citizens, which facilitates the coordination of activities on a set of beliefs aligning with the aims of reconstruction. The nature of common knowledge in the post-conflict context and its importance in coordinating citizens on reconstruction efforts are analyzed. Emphasis is placed on the role that existing cultural products play in generating common knowledge and institutional change. Historical evidence from German and Japanese cinema and media, effective mechanisms for transmitting common knowledge, serves to illuminate these claims.

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Christopher Coyne , Department of Economics Hampden-Sydney College, Australia

Christopher Coyne is an assistant professor of economics at West Virginia University, the North American Editor for The Review of Austrian Economica and an associated research fellow at the Mercatus Center, Arlington, VA.

Coyne , C. (2007). Culture, Common Knowledge and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 7(1), 1–18.

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