9780199686285

Democratic Trajectories in Africa Unravelling the Impact of Foreign Aid

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 12/31/2013
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Author Biography


Danielle Resnick, Research Fellow, United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Research,Nicholas van de Walle, Chair and Maxwell Upson Professor of Government, Department of Government, Cornell University

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 African Democracies (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). She received her PhD in Government from Cornell University in 2010 and previously worked at the World Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute.



Nicolas van de Walle is the Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Government at Cornell University in Ithaca New York. He taught at Michigan State University from 1990 to 2004. He has published widely on democratization issues as well as on the politics of economic reform and on the effectiveness of foreign aid, with special focus on Africa. His books include Overcoming Stagnation in Aid-Dependent Countries (Center for Global Development, 2005), African Economies and The Politics of Permanent Crisis, 1979-1999 (Cambridge University Press, 2001), and Democratic Experiments in Africa: Regime Transitions in Comparative Perspectives (with M. Bratton, Cambridge University Press, 1997). He is also the author of over a hundred journal articles, reports, and book chapters. In addition, Professor van de Walle has worked extensively as a consultant for a variety of international and multilateral organizations, including the World Bank, USAID, and UNDP. He received his PhD from Princeton University in 1990.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Introduction: Why Aid and Democracy? Why Africa? by Danielle Resnick and Nicolas van de Walle

Chapter 2 Democratization in Africa: What Role for External Actors? by Danielle Resnick and Nicolas van de Walle

Chapter 3 Foreign Aid and Democratic Development in Africa by Simone Dietrich and Joseph Wright

Chapter 4 Foreign Aid in Dangerous Places: The Donors and Mali's Democracy by Nicolas van de Walle

Chapter 5 Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Limits of Foreign Aid on Malawi's Democratic Consolidation by Danielle Resnick

Chapter 6 The Changing Dynamics of Foreign Aid and Democracy in Mozambique by Carrie Manning and Monica Malbrough

Chapter 7 Donor Assistance and Political Reform in Tanzania by Aili Mari Tripp

Chapter 8 Foreign Aid and Democratic Consolidation in Zambia by Lise Rakner

Chapter 9 Beyond Electoral Democracy: Foreign Aid and the Challenge of Deepening Democracy in Benin by Mamoudou Gazibo

Chapter 10 Ghana: The Limits of External Democracy Assistance by E. Gyimah-Boadi and Theo Yakah

Chapter 11 Conclusions and Policy Recommendations by Danielle Resnick
1. Introduction: Why Aid and Democracy? Why Africa?, Danielle Resnick and Nicolas van de Walle
2. Democratization in Africa: What Role for External Actors?, Danielle Resnick and Nicolas van de Walle
3. Foreign Aid and Democratic Development in Africa, Simone Dietrich and Joseph Wright
4. Foreign Aid in Dangerous Places: The Donors and Mali's Democracy, Nicolas van de Walle
5. Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Limits of Foreign Aid on Malawi's Democratic Consolidation, Danielle Resnick
6. The Changing Dynamics of Foreign Aid and Democracy in Mozambique, Carrie Manning and Monica Malbrough
7. Donor Assistance and Political Reform in Tanzania, Aili Mari Tripp
8. Foreign Aid and Democratic Consolidation in Zambia, Lise Rakner
9. Beyond Electoral Democracy: Foreign Aid and the Challenge of Deepening Democracy in Benin, Mamoudou Gazibo
10. Ghana: The Limits of External Democracy Assistance, E. Gyimah-Boadi and Theo Yakah
11. Conclusions and Policy Recommendations, Danielle Resnick

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