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CAS Brown Bag: "Can Aid Impact the Politics of Service Delivery? Evidence from Uganda"

Event Type
Center for African Studies
Room 101 ISB; 910 S. Fifth St., C
Oct 25, 2017   12:00 pm  
Professor Matthew S. Winters, Political Science, UIUC
Free and open to the public.
Terri Gitler
Originating Calendar
African studies - Outreach Calendar

In many parts of the world, politicized public service delivery is used by incumbents to win support. International aid to support public service delivery may either reduce or compound this problem, depending on whether the incumbent is able to direct the delivery of aid and/or take credit foraid projects.  We use an informational experiment to assess whether donor-funded and NGO-implemented projects are perceived as less partisan than government-funded and implemented projects and to assess the electoral implications of spreading information about the foreign origins and non-government implementation of local public service delivery. Drawing on both survey data and polling district-level election results, we find, in line with our theoretical argument, that political outsiders have more positive perceptions of NGO-implemented projects. These changed perceptions, however, do not translate into effects on either intended or actual electoral results.

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