Reconstructing Iraq - by former IGS Fellow

Reconstructing Iraq
Reconstructing Iraq
August 16, 2013

James Savage, a member of the first class of IGS Fellows in 1982 and a professor of politics at the University of Virginia, is the author of Reconstructing Iraq’s Budgetary Institutions:  Coalition State Building after Saddam (Cambridge University Press, 2013).  The book examines the American-led Coalition’s efforts to reconstruct Iraq’s budgetary institutions as a central element of its counterinsurgency strategy and statebuilding project.  This book sheds light on the problem of "outsiders" building states, contributes to a more comprehensive evaluation of the Coalition in Iraq, addresses the question of why Iraqis took ownership of some Coalition-generated institutions and not others, and helps explain the nature of institutional change.