Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/81059
Authors: 
Dietrich, Simone
Wright, Joseph
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2012/20
Abstract: 
Over the past two decades, donors increasingly linked foreign aid to democracy objectives in sub-Saharan Africa. Yet systematic research on this topic typically focuses on how aid influences democratic transitions. This study investigates whether and how foreign aid affects the process of democratic consolidation in sub-Saharan Africa by examining two potential mechanisms: (1) the use of aid as leverage to buy political reform, and (2) investment in the opposition. We test these mechanisms using five dependent variables that capture different aspects of democratic consolidation. Using survival analysis for the period from 1991 to 2008, we find that democracy and governance aid has a consistently positive effect on democratic consolidation. Economic aid, on the other hand, has no effect on democratic consolidation.
Subjects: 
Africa
democratic consolidation
foreign aid
survival analysis
JEL: 
C41
D72
F35
N47
ISBN: 
978-92-9230-483-6
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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