Research profile seminar
The QoG Institute regularly organizes seminars related to research on Quality of Government. The seminars address the theoretical and empirical problem of how political institutions of high quality can be created and maintained as well as the effects of Quality of Government on a number of policy areas, such as health, the environment, social policy, and poverty.
Speakers are invited from the international research community and experts from NGOs and other organizations to the lunch seminars. The seminars last for one hour and include a short presentation by the speaker (30-35 min) followed by a joint discussion about the topic.
If nothing else is indicated, the seminars are held in English
Title of seminar:
"Can International Aid Change the Politics of Service Delivery?"
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 for aid 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.
Lecturer: Matthew Winters (visiting scholar 2-5 May) Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois http://www.pol.illinois.edu/people/mwinters
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Categories: Social Sciences
Organizer: The Quality of Government Institute
Location: Stora Skansen (B336) SprÃ¤ngkullsgatan 19
Contact person: Alice Johansson