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QoG lunch seminar with Felix Haaß

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 the seminar: "The Democracy Dilemma. Aid, Power-Sharing Governments, and Post-Conflict Democratization"

Absract: How does development aid shape democracy after civil conflicts? I argue that aid conditionalities and the economic utility that recipient elites gain from office give rise to a rent-seeking/democracy dilemma: recipients can democratize but also risk uncertainty over office and rents. Or they can refuse to democratize, but risk loss of aid rents. This dilemma is strongest in power-sharing cabinets. By granting rebel groups temporally limited access to the state budget, such cabinets intensify elites' rent-seeking motives. Thus, aid-dependent power-sharing elites will hold cleaner elections, but also limit judicial independence and increase particularistic spending to simultaneously reap aid benefits and remain in power. I find statistical support for this argument using data on aid flows and power-sharing governments for all post-conflict states between 1990 and 2010.

Lecturer: Felix Haaß, Research Fellow, GIGA Institute of African Affairs, Hamburg

Date: 10/10/2018

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Categories: Social Sciences

Location: Stora Skansen (B336), Sprängkullsgatan 19

Contact person: Tove Wikehult

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