Working Paper
75

Autocratic Aid and Governance: What We Know, Don’t Know, and Need to Know

Date Published

May 30, 2019

Authors

Bradley C. Parks, Austin M. Strange

Publisher

Citation

Parks, Bradley C. and Strange, Austin M. (2019). Autocratic Aid and Governance: What We Know, Don’t Know, and Need to Know. AidData Working Paper #75. Williamsburg, VA: AidData at William & Mary.

Announcement

The growing availability of subnationally georeferenced data has opened up new opportunities to study the intended and unintended impacts of aid from democratic and autocratic donors. We review studies that use such data to measure the effects of democratic and autocratic aid on three different types of outcomes: (1) political capture, (2) corruption and the quality of local governance, and (3) citizens’ political attitudes and behavior. After summarizing key insights from this literature, we highlight several unresolved theoretical puzzles and empirical challenges that merit further exploration.

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Bradley C. Parks

Bradley C. Parks

Executive Director

Austin Strange

Austin Strange

Ph.D. Candidate in Government at Harvard University

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