Democratic Trajectories in Africa: Unravelling the Impact of Foreign Aid

Hardcover | November 3, 2013

EditorDanielle Resnick, Nicolas van de Walle

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Despite impressive economic growth rates over the last decade, foreign aid still plays a significant role in Africa's political economies. This book asks when, why, and how foreign aid has facilitated, or hindered, democratization in sub-Saharan Africa. Instead of looking at foreign aid as amonolithic resource, the book examines the disparate impacts of aid specifically intended for development outcomes and aid explicitly aimed at democracy promotion. Careful attention is also given to examining the role of various aid modalities, including general budget support, and the influence ofnon-traditional donors. In doing so, the authors use a combination of cross-country quantitative analyses and in-depth case studies of Benin, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zambia based on recent interviews with donors, government officials, and civil society organizations. Unlike other work on aid and democracy, the book carefully considers how foreign aid affects various elements of the democratization process, including transitions to multiparty systems and democratic consolidation. In terms of the latter, the authors analyse what role different types of aid play inavoiding a breakdown of multiparty democracy or an erosion of civil liberties, reinforcing parliaments and judiciaries, promoting free and fair elections and a vibrant civil society, and encouraging competitive party systems. Overall, the authors' findings suggest that the best means for enhancingthe effectiveness of aid for development outcomes is not always the most optimal way of promoting democratic consolidation, and the book provides policy recommendations to try and reconcile these trade-offs.

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Despite impressive economic growth rates over the last decade, foreign aid still plays a significant role in Africa's political economies. This book asks when, why, and how foreign aid has facilitated, or hindered, democratization in sub-Saharan Africa. Instead of looking at foreign aid as amonolithic resource, the book examines the di...

Danielle Resnick is a Research Fellow at the United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER). Her research focuses on democratization, political parties, voting behaviour, and the political economy of development in sub-Saharan Africa. She is the author of Urban Poverty and Party Populism in Af...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:November 3, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Danielle Resnick and Nicolas van de Walle: Introduction: Why Aid and Democracy? Why Africa?2. Danielle Resnick and Nicolas van de Walle: Democratization in Africa: What Role for External Actors?3. Simone Dietrich and Joseph Wright: Foreign Aid and Democratic Development in Africa4. Nicolas van de Walle: Foreign Aid in Dangerous Places: The Donors and Mali's Democracy5. Danielle Resnick: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Limits of Foreign Aid on Malawi's Democratic Consolidation6. Carrie Manning and Monica Malbrough: The Changing Dynamics of Foreign Aid and Democracy in Mozambique7. Aili Mari Tripp: Donor Assistance and Political Reform in Tanzania8. Lise Rakner: Foreign Aid and Democratic Consolidation in Zambia9. Mamoudou Gazibo: Beyond Electoral Democracy: Foreign Aid and the Challenge of Deepening Democracy in Benin10. E. Gyimah-Boadi and Theo Yakah: Ghana: The Limits of External Democracy Assistance11. Danielle Resnick: Conclusions and Policy Recommendations