Foreign aid and domestic politics in recipient countries

  • DATE / TIME:
    2012•05•10    13:00 - 15:00

    How do foreign aid flows from countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) influence domestic politics in recipient countries? This lecture addresses that question, focusing specifically on the influence of foreign aid on democratic transitions and consolidation.

    Key topics that will be discussed include theories linking aid to domestic politics, measures of political outcomes, and recent evidence from studies that disaggregate categories of foreign aid, such as economic assistance and democracy aid. The talk concludes with a brief discussion of how foreign aid resources may differ from other forms of external resources, such as revenue from natural resource production and migrant remittances.

    This lecture is part of the Research and Communication on Foreign Aid (ReCom) programme.

    About the speaker

    Joseph Wright is a political scientist at Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on comparative political economy and authoritarian politics, with a particular interest in how international factors, including foreign aid, influence domestic politics in authoritarian regimes. His publications include “The Politics of Effective Aid” (Annual Review of Political Science, 2010), “Aid Effectiveness and the Politics of Personalism” (Comparative Political Studies, 2010), and “How Foreign Aid Can Foster Democratization in Authoritarian Regimes” (American Journal of Political Science, 2009).

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