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19.05.2020

How Do Different Forms of Foreign Aid Affect Government Legitimacy? Evidence from an Informational Experiment in Uganda

Local public goods and social services are delivered through a variety of funding and implementing channels in aid-dependent countries. Existing research proposes that international aid to governments undermines government legitimacy and the …

14.05.2020

Rethinking Foreign Aid and Legitimacy: Views from Aid Recipients in Kenya

Contrary to scholarly predictions, foreign aid does not appear to undermine individuals’ beliefs in the legitimacy of their governments. This paper aims to understand why this prediction has failed to materialize in mounting evidence. I develop …

13.05.2020

Aiding Dependency: a Cross-National Analysis of Foreign Aid and Tax Compliance

This paper argues that foreign aid undermines tax compliance, and examines three causal mechanisms that may undergird this relationship: By leading the recipient state to under-invest in tax enforcement, substituting for the state in terms of …

09.05.2020

Foreign Aid and State-Society Relations: Theory, Evidence, and New Directions for Research

A prominent body of scholarship views revenue extraction by the state as a catalyst for the creation of representative institutions. States in the developing world, however, extract less revenue from their citizens than states in wealthy …

07.03.2020

Remittances, Corruption, and Human Development in Latin America

International private transfers from immigrant workers to families and friends have surged in Latin America. These transfers, also known as remittances, grew from a mere US$5 billion in 1990 to US$74.3 billion in 2016, supplementing the income of …

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Studies in Comparative International Development is an interdisciplinary journal that addresses political, social, economic, and environmental change in local, national, and international contexts. The journal has a tradition of presenting critical and innovative analytical perspectives that challenge prevailing orthodoxies. It publishes original research articles on all regions of the world and is open to all theoretical and methodological approaches. Major areas of investigation include political and state institutions, the effects of a changing international economy, political-economic models of growth and distribution, and the transformation of social structure and culture.

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